Political Celebrity Martin McGuinness


James Martin Pacelli McGuinness played a leading role in negotiating the Good Friday Agreement in 1998 and subsequently became Northern Ireland’s Deputy First Minister (2011 -2017). A senior Republican politician who as a teenager in Londonderry’s Bogside, was fully aware of his proud Irish Identity and the intrinsic belief that the Island of Ireland would one day become one. He was a visionary in every sense of the word, with teenage stamina and an astute awareness of the existence of two major identities living in Northern Ireland. His thinking patterns were very precocious even at that early age, as an uneducated schoolboy struggling to pass the 11 plus examination to grammar school, but like thousands of other children, was unsuccessful. Brought up as a Roman Catholic in his Bogside neighbourhood Martin would have been seen as a conformist to religious ideological beliefs in God. In his early adolescence he would like his peers, have been in a state of identity moratorium facing…
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Being Kind To Yourself


A great deal of people don’t understand how important it is to be kind to yourself. They think it a silly, immature concept, however they do not recognize that being kind to yourself is among the very best things you can do in your life.

Think of it, you are probably not that kind to yourself when you remain in reflection. A minimum of as soon as today, you might have called yourself a moron, fat, crazy or some other negative adjective. And the truth is this: when we are not comfortable with ourselves, nobody else is going to be comfortable with us either. That is why it is definitely crucial for you to make sure that you are being kind and gentle with yourself. Here are some pointers to assist you to do that.

When is the last time you thought something good about yourself? If you’re like a lot of individuals, you just can not remember.

Make a mindful effort to have more positive self-talk. This sounds really strange, however it works: begin with an “I like you” in the morning
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Celebrity psychologist on celebrity deaths

Celebrity deaths views from a psychologist

The untimely death of George Michael will leave a void in the hearts and minds of adults and teenagers alike. He created a fictional persona in order to cope with his sexuality and pressures of media attention as he became an integral part of pop culture. George had an altruistic trait in his personality which facilitated his giving millions to charities and on a more personal note, to individuals he met on the street, such was George Michael.

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Like many famous celebrities who have died during the past year there are psychological aspects associated with how we mourn their loss. We know where we were and what we were doing when we learned of the death of George Michael or Robin Williams, the list is endless. Moments after we hear the news social media is saturated with videos and tributes of the late singers performances and lyrics.

Ironically whilst we feel the loss we have in fact rarely met these pop idols, we know little about their real lives and intimacies, we know nothing about the reality of the causes of their depression. These feelings of sadness is in fact good for us to experience when a celebrity dies. The reason being that it heightens our sense of empathy and understanding of death.

Some celebrities die after a long life of service to entertainment whilst other are taken form us in their early life. Many have pretty normal lives with few major life problems while other struggle with alcohol, depression, suicide or narcotic abuse. Much of these can be attributed to a perpetual attempt to please the concert audiences to please their fans on tour and meet constantly higher expectations. When Robin Williams took his own life he was one of 40 million Americans suffering from depression. There is the constant struggle emotionally to hide behind the mask and put on a brave face. This alone requires a huge effort many fans never realise is part of celebrity culture. Philip Hoffman was a gifted and versatile actor at the peak of his career when he died at the age of 46 in 2014. Yet in all he was one of some 8,000 people who died from heroin poisoning. Celebrity deaths help us to understand the nature of addictions and its tragic consequences. Further it provides us with insight into our own coping strategies or the lack of coping skills when a loved one passes away. In the context of Celebrity culture it helps viewers and fans to assess their own values and beliefs about death and also helps fans understand the full humanity of celebrities and the problems they have to endure on tour and the struggle to maintain a degree of intimacy about their private family lives and relationships. At the hearing of the late George Michael’s death it became nostalgic for me and many others when we reflect back psychologically to the time and place we heard that song and its lyrics. This can produce bittersweet nostalgia and re-assess what’s working properly in our own lives. For many Georges death will bring them back to their late adolescence when they were making career choices and making serious decisions about their future. These thought or cognitive exercises are helpful in that they help us separate what is important in our lives at the moment and what is not. When we reflect back on Georges life journey we can see how his image had changed significantly, and this became one of the main reasons why he led a reclusive lifestyle trying to avoid concerts and facing his fans. Coming together in social media is another helpful coping strategy for fans of the late George Michael. Collective mourning between fan groups helps us connect emotionally with others who share similar and feelings and the impact of his musical genius on our own journey.

These feelings of sadness is in fact good for us to experience when a celebrity dies. Some celebrities die after a long life of service to entertainment whilst other are taken form us in their early life. Celebrity deaths help us to understand the nature of addictions and its tragic consequences. In the context of Celebrity culture it helps viewers and fans to assess their own values and beliefs about death and also helps fans understand the full humanity of celebrities and the problems they have to endure on tour and the struggle to maintain a degree of intimacy about their private family lives and relationships. At the hearing of the late George Michael’s death it became nostalgic for me and many others when we reflect back psychologically to the time and place we heard that song and its lyrics.

Read more interesting articles from the enigmatic celebrity psychologist Dr Arthur Cassidy – Social Media Psychologist and TV Broadcaster.

Press Release for album “Damond Young The Teenager Story” — Teenager story


New Orleans vintage artist ” Damond Young ” finish up his 3rd solo album “The Teenager Story” . Due to drop 4.16.17 . Fans waiting on computer’s now because they family to this guy music. Support is second nature to “AHEADOFTIMENATION ” we growing with abundance thankful for each and everyone of you. Damond is telling story’s about his teenager lifestyle with help from “AOTN” members “Andres” ,”Ysliving” and some epic support form his long time label mate “Don Flamingo” one of RocNation new signees . This album is for the listeners so drop as much feedback needed.
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Women in Politics


Today we have witnessed new era of female political power in the Northern Ireland Assembly. Arlene Foster leader of the DUP and the young Michelle O’Neill leader of Sinn Fein the nationalist stalwart and visionary. On a much broader scale, our British Prime Minister Theresa May leads the Government and is now seen as the shrewd razor sharp force to be reckoned with in International politics, although this may be widely debated. Nicola Sturgeon in Scotland a very able left wing nationalist with a similar vision as O’Neill. Well seasoned male politicians in Northern Ireland including Ministers with portfolio have not been re-elected and can only hope to be reelected next time round. In both Westminster and in our local Assembly, the role of women in politics is making a strong impact on how we see and negotiate our future. The bastion of male power in the Unionist camp has been thwarted with the resignation of Mike Nesbitt its leader. Pressure from Sinn Fein for Arlene to step aside…..
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Cars and Celebrities


A recent press article in the Telegraph’s Science feature, pointed out that specific makes such as the Chrysler Crossfire , BMW645ci,and the VW Sharan were rated among the “angriest” cars. Whilst the Japanese Diahatsu, a small hatchback, was said to be the saddest. One would never think of an object most of us depend on as being attributed as “emotional” and having personality. But in reality they in fact do. These become symbols not only of our status and achievement in life, but are seen by society as how vertically mobile we have or have not become in an advanced industrial economy. The same press article rightly points to the Nissan Micra as the most submissive car whilst the Toyota Aygo the most childish car. The various social media sources see the Vauxhall Astra as the most popular friendly car for the average runabout person. Similarly, that German built war machine the classic Beetle has made a comeback with its femininity, matching the commonly ascribed “Hairdressers“ car..
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American reality TV shows


We live lives which may be heavily influenced by our attachment or addiction to Celebrity culture and the lifestyles of a range of celebrities some of whom we become devoted to in an extraordinary way. We go to extremes in buying same celebrity brands such as hair products expensive make up, brands they in fact may not use at all , and shoes handbags and event trips to their holidays resorts in the chance of a real life glimpse of them. As a Psychologist who works with celebrity’s lifestyles and celebrity culture I often ask to what extent do the viewing public become addicted to these celebrities or allow their mere presence on screen to be the emotional regulator of your behaviour? How often to you become realistic or choose viewing wisely? Ask yourself if the hours spent viewing such programmes is simple entertainment or can it have any social influence over my behaviour? In relation to public health of the nation it’s wise to ask oneself how dependent are we on getting our fix…..
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