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What stage are you at? Have you been through more stages than one?


Psychologist James Marcia, proposes there are 4 stages of identity an individual may go through during their life. These stages are not progressive, meaning people can flutter between all stages or may only ever stay in one .

  1. Foreclosure - An individual may be given an identity from their parents, for example, father may be a farmer with their own farm and passes the business down to their son, who inherits the business and accepts the role (identity) of being a farmer. The individual may show little exploration but be highly committed to their given role.
  2. Moratorium - Where an individual may have great desires for a particular identity, dream or ideal, but show little commitment to achieve it. These people could be called 'dreamers' and not 'do-ers'.
  3. Diffusion - Where an individual may have no idea what they want to be, no desire to try anything, no future plans and no commitment to acquire an identity. These people may be afraid of adventure and not dare take any risks.
  4. Achievement - These people tend to know what they want to do and are highly committed to achieving it. You could say these people are 'do-ers'.

It is theorised that humans cannot maintain more than 150 relationships on average, and yet some people have a lot more social connections in social media (SM). So, how valuable are these relationships if they cannot be maintained and does having hundreds or thousands of friends actually bring any true meaning of friendship. Being socially popular does not mean you have meaningful relationships. True friendship requires work, effort and regular maintenance and can you successfully commit this amount of energy to hundreds of friends? However, lots of social connections do allow for greater access to information and self-promotion. So, social media is all about ones 'motives' and their intentions for using this powerful tool.

Social media, a social lie or powerful tool?.

A collection of social media logos used on my psychology page at P Carver Photography
A photograph of Liam Smith PT at The Gym in Norwich

Scientists at Monash University's Biomedicine Discovery Institute have found a mechanism by which the brain coordinates feeding with energy expenditure, solving a puzzle that has previously eluded researchers and offering a potential novel target for the treatment of obesity. 

Obesity -- a major risk factor for many diseases including cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes, liver disease and several cancers -- is at epidemic levels in Australia.

Researchers from the Metabolic Disease and Obesity Program have shown in laboratory models that feeding controls the 'browning' of fat, that is, the conversion of white fat, which stores energy, into brown fat, which expends it. Fat in the human body is stored in specialised cells called adipocytes, which can change from white to brown states and back again.

Informational Influence

Informational Influence - Social influence based on the belief that others are better informed than we are. This explains a lot with regards to fashion, stereotypes, politics, movements - because other people are doing it they must know better so I must follow them, "would you follow someone off a cliff", comes to mind. Don't be fooled into believing others always know better than you, so you should just blindly accept their ways, be individual and dont be afraid to stand out of the crowd. Following an 'apparent' leader is not always the right thing to do, WW2 informed the world of what 'Informational Influence' is capable of.

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