2012 is definitely going to be a year marked down in history for the UK. Not because the ‘world is going to end’ according to the same folk who previously predicted the end of the world. Lets just say, that theory has been falsified too many times, and hopefully it’ll continue to be for a while!
Aside from that, Britain’s capital, London, will be hosting this years Olympics in July. As I live in London, I’m not too excited about London being busier than it already is, I’ll be like many others cooped up on my living room sofa, watching it on TV, and shouting at the screen as if I’m in the stadium.
More importantly, this weekend is a special one. Its the Queens Diamond Jubilee Weekend!!! (At this point everyone cheers). I went to Folkestone in Kent today to see the air show for the Diamond Jubilee, and I must say it was phenomenal! Amazing to see everyone super excited for this one event.
For the past week, I cannot say that a day has passed without me seeing the GB flag flying. It reminds me of the importance of unity within a nation. From a psychological perspective, when a group of people share a common purpose, goal, or interest, there is usually (a few outliers we all can name) success in whatever they intend to do. Moreover, there is an increase in the group cohesion.
This group cohesion corresponds greatly with Henri Tajfel’s (1970) ‘Social Identity Theory’. He suggested that belonging to a group provides the individual with the following:
- A sense of Pride
- A sense of Identity
- A sense of Belonging.
This is one of my favourite theories, because it expressed in real life everyday situations. British people (NOT just ‘English’) take ‘pride‘ in where they live and come from, they see it as their identity, and they feel that they belong to the group! These are three key characteristics of a nation that will stand and can sustain all sorts of trials.
Whether or not we like the idea of the British monarchy…they are there, and I’m grateful for the fact that despite them being seen as the ‘national decoration’, they are able to induce such a cheerful spirit amongst their ‘subjects’. Forget the ‘Big Society’, lets have jubilee celebrations all year round, four day weekends is sweet to the ear!
Its hard to contstantly create events that involve the whole nation such as these, but when they do happen, I encourage you all to absorb the fun and unity that comes out of it. Have a good four day weekend. Long live the queen.
God bless you all!
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Published by Kanayo Dike-Oduah
Kanayo is a Multi-award winning, Author and Senior leader in education whose experience ranges from being a Deputy Head of Sixth Form, Head of Psychology and Lead Practitioner. Kanayo believes that these 3 elements are the driving force of her ministry and career. D.I.G; Drive, Integrity and Grace.
Having a psychology degree provides me with a broad scope to experience many industries and fields of work. Although, my main aim is to continuously learn and also to share my knowledge and experience with others, within and beyond the constraints of the psychology community. Hence my pursuit to teach!
Hopefully, the readers of this blog will find that it is infested with a scope of psychological knowledge, with the intention of conveying psychology in such a way that it is interesting and understandable to those who aren’t studying it as a discipline. In addition, you will find that I heavily cover various topics aside of psychology such as, Christianity because I am a Christian. I draw both passions together, Psychology and Christianity, observing how they complement and sometimes clash! This blog is where ‘Psychology meets Scripture’.
As well as teaching Psychology, I know God has called me to do something far greater in this world. My passion is for His Word and to encourage others to read the Bible, fall in love with it, but most importantly…fall in love with The Author! My role of teaching is not limited to psychology. I strongly believe God is stirring up the ‘teacher’ office of the Five fold ministry in me.
I’m a doctor by virtue, healing and performing heart surgery with words of encouragement.
I am extremely driven and passionate about getting everyone; both Christians and non-Christians to read, understand and live out the word of God. To achieve this, I’ve created online Bible Challenges, whereby people around the world via social media, read a book in the Bible, one chapter a day and share what they have drawn out from the text. I have numerous Bible challenges, all accessible from my blog (www.doctorkanayo.com) and the YouVersion Bible App where over 250,000 people have completed my devotionals around the world. One Bible Challenge at a time, I aim to change the skewed perceptions of the Bible being irrelevant and to show the true reality that the bible is ‘juicy’, tremendously relevant, fun and easy to read. My one prayer is that my teachings and writings from His word, will touch at least ONE person. That would be a serious mission accomplished to the glory of God!
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