Self-concept

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Self-concept, is something that not many of us probably think a lot about. Self-concept is the opinions and ideas we make on ourselves from the beliefs we hold about ourselves and the responses of others. We all just know when we feel good about ourselves and, coincidentally, when we feel bad. But when does self-concept start?

Many Psychologists over time have tried to solve this simple question with a simple test. The mirror test. Infants raging between 6 and 24 months are replaced in front of a mirror and the reactions are recorded. The amount of times that this experiment has been conducted, we do not know but judging by the fact that this is one experiment that has concrete answers (or so they think), I would say a good few times!

According to this test, between the ages of 6 to 12 months, the infant will see the reflection of themselves as another baby and will want to be friendly them. Sometimes, between 13 and 24 months, the infant will become withdrawn from the reflection and will not like seeing the reflection. this could either be the first signs of self concept emerging or this could be a bad reaction to seeing another child. However, psychologists are sure of is that the child does not fully recognise that it is themselves until the ages of between 20 to 24 months.

But is this really when self-concept begins? Is this really when we recognise ourselves? Or does it change between each individual? These are questions that a lot of people have asked in the past and these questions will probably be asked far into the future for, at the end of the day, infants can’t talk so can’t say when they recognise themselves.

Just always remember, make your self-concept positive.

MrsSugg xxx

Stress

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We’re always being told by people not to stress, but why? Well, new psychological studies shows that when we stress, the brain makes your body release hormones, which could, in fact, influence the development of cancerous cells.

However, this is only theoretical. A 2013 study did not succeed in proving the claim. Although, it did succeed in proving that once a person has cancer, stress will biochemically feed its growth. Researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Centre studied the results of stress on prostate cancer. Their results showed that stress did not only reduce the effectiveness of prostate cancer drugs but also accelerate the development of the cancer. They discovered that, when stressed, a hormone called epinephrine (also known as adrenaline) is released and this is what sets off the cellular chain reaction that controls cell death.

So how does this affect us? Well, if stress can affect something like this, surely it can affect other things as well. We should all do things to remain as stress free as possible. Some things you can do to remain stress free are:

  • do regular exercise
  • deep breathing
  • take time out just to relax
  • go for walks
  • don’t drink or smoke
  • take up hobbies
  • be organised
  • aromatherapy
  • take a bath

These are just some very simple things that can make a big impact on our lives and we should just try to do these things more often.

MrsSugg xxx

Music

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In life, when I have found things that go wrong, I have turned to music. It has been as safe place in a sense for me. This is generally because I can listen to music that is basically saying exactly how I feel without actually having to tell anyone. And if I’m not listening to music that is describing the way I feel, sometimes I will do the opposite. If I’m feeling sad I will often listen to happy songs to try and cheer me up.

So many people have many different music tastes. There’s: indie rock, alternative rock, punk, grunge, classical, opera, alternative country, country gospel, techno, garage, electronic, Hip-Hop, rap, Indie, pop, Jazz … the list goes on (find a full list here). Quite often, people are judged by which style of music they like. For example, if someone is into grunge then they are often judged as being an emo. So why do we do this?

Well, people assume that we pick music to like so it will suit our personalities. However, Psychologists at the University of Melbourne have said that it is down to “dissonance”. This is a sense of a lack oh harmony. These psychologists say that when the chords in the music consisted of some pitch-matching errors, we would not recognise the chords (chord familiarity) and would therefore find it nearly impossible to hear the individual notes being played. When this occurred, the chords would sound unpleasant. However, the more we hear a chord, the more familiar we become with it hence forth liking that particular chord and subconsciously listening to music with only chords that we know in.

So, going forward in today, don’t think about the genre of music you’re listening to, try and think about the chords that make up the music and not the lyrics.

MrsSugg xxx