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The Psychology of Escape Rooms

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On paper, the basic premise of escape rooms may seem somewhat strange. Getting locked in a strange room with friends or family and working together in order to escape before time runs out sounds interesting, to say the least. To others, such a premise may seem somewhat masochistic or torturous. Almost everyone suffers from a bit of claustrophobia; the mere thought of being stuck somewhere may make the hair on the back of your neck stand up. Yet there’s an allure to it all. Can you escape before time runs out? Will you become a leader or a follower? If you think you’re up to the challenge, visit Operation Outbreak! If you’re still unsure, keep reading this blog. We’ve compiled some interesting factoids about the psychology of escape rooms. Perhaps once you’ve finished reading, you’ll be more intrigued to give them a shot!

Take Problem-Solving to the Next Level

Escape rooms are not haunted houses. Although most people tend to group the two together, escape rooms depend on the individualistic desire to find answers and solve problems. Haunted houses, on the other hand, are just made to frighten people. There’s little to no challenge when it comes to haunted houses. Escape rooms, however, are designed to push the problem-solving abilities of the participants to the limit. Escape rooms can be seen as fully immersive mental aptitude and problem-solving tests.

Sure, the whole time limit may add to the suspense but most tests are under a strict time limit, aren’t they? Escape rooms are, by their very nature, challenges. When participants are able to overcome a challenge by finding certain clues or working together as a team, their dynamic will strengthen. You might leave an escape room feeling more confident in your problem-solving abilities. Can you say the same about a haunted house?

Test Your Abilities 

As humans, we enjoy using our minds to solve problems. We also enjoy being part of something important. For the hour you spend with your group of friends in one of our escape rooms, you can quite literally put yourself in the middle of the action. You’ll be able to come up with ideas and seek for answers in your own way. Everything in your life has led to this moment. Think about how you solved a particularly difficult issue at your first job. Perhaps what you learned then could be used to escape. Once you find that your “hunch” was the right one, you’ll swell with pride. You can increase your serotonin by participating in such activities, thus creating a positive connection between solving problems and escaping a physical obstacle.

Experience Escape Rooms for Yourself!

Reading about the benefits and psychological factors of escape games may be fun but it doesn’t compare at all to participating in an actual escape room. If we’ve piqued your interest, then sign up for one of our three escape rooms! Click here to see our available openings. Before long, you’ll be able to experience what we’ve talked about first-hand! Give us a call today to learn more about what we have to offer.

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