Based on the comic strip character of the same name, Bizarro was the antithesis of “Superman,” famous super hero of the 1950’s. Created by Otto Binder and artist George Papp, the concept of “Bizarro” means using opposite and twisted logic to explore new ideas, gain new perspectives of commonly held beliefs and assumptions. Taking any concept, turning it upside down, backwards and inside out, the mind begins to create new ideas that run counter to the original thought. One begins to view something in a different way.
“Bizarro thinking” is a tool introduced and used in AGING 600 to help students reframe their conformist, traditional thinking and widely held beliefs surrounding aging.
A recent example of looking at aging from a Bizarro perspective can be seen in this Kaiser Permanente commercial: