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By Brian Foley from Activate Fitness

In the sweltering Californian heat of the summer of 1973, renegade psychology researcher, Philip Zimbardo, and his colleagues set up what has since become a notorious project, the Standford Prison Experiment.

They created a mock prison in the basement of Standford University with assigned roles of prisoners and prison guards.

The prisoners were essentially stripped of their identity, all being given the same clothes, having all personal belongings removed, and referred to by their ID number only.

Much has been written about the ethics around this experiment and today it is the subject of numerous books and even a TV documentary.

But the short synopsis of the experiment is that the people who were put into particular social situations assumed their position in society without question and simply accepted that as the status quo.

In real life this experiment plays out all the time.

We all know the overweight person who is always happy and makes self-deprecating fun of themselves in social situations, the macho gym goer who can’t show any sign of weakness, and the person who “could have made county” and continues to live in their past glories.

The thing about all these people is; they are playing roles, assumed roles in society that are simple constructs, absolutely made-up.

What Zimbardo proved with his experiment is that if you take people outside of the constructs that they have manufactured around themselves and that their peers, friends and family have helped build around them, they become different people.

So how does this relate to your health, fitness, performance, body fat levels, self-perception?

Absolutely everything.

 

CHANGE YOUR MINDSET

Firstly, you have to recognise that the persona you have is largely assumed and constructed by none other than yourself. If you want to change something in your life, that character you have created for yourself needs a change of narrative, possible change of scenery and the other characters in the story have to start seeing other dimensions to you, to start seeing you in a different light, and to understand that you are changing how you see yourself.

Let’s say you are living an unhealthy life right now, carrying around some excess body fat, not just the visible kind, but the less obvious one that surrounds your organs and can cause chronic illness down the track.

You have assumed the role of a person who lives this way. But what if you don’t want to be at the mercy of chronic illness in the future, you don’t want to carry excess body weight? What if you want to feel more confident in your skin and have a healthier, stronger body and mind?

Your assumed character then needs a change. You need to start living like the person you want to become. Does the fit and healthy character in your story go to bed late after binging Netflix with crisps? Probably not, that’s a different persona who has a different storyline and a very different ending. The person you want to become is probably planning and prioritising sleep and cutting down on less healthy foods.

If you start playing that part, eventually that’s the character you will be cast as.

Much like the bizarre scientific experiment in Standford University, we are a product of the environment we build around ourselves but also very much a product of the role that we assume in society, and that is very much down to ourselves, we do not need to accept where we are and who we see ourselves as.

If you’re ready to start writing a different story for yourself, we can help. Visit www.activate.ie for further information.

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Over 3000 turn out for Nathan’s Walk

Thousands of people across eight locations in Kerry took part in Darkness Into Light, the annual fundraising event organised by Pieta and supported by Electric Ireland, on Saturday morning. One […]

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Thousands of people across eight locations in Kerry took part in Darkness Into Light, the annual fundraising event organised by Pieta and supported by Electric Ireland, on Saturday morning.

One of the biggest in the county was the Killarney edition held in memory of Nathan O’Carroll. Over 3,000 people took part in the Killareny walk making it one of the biggest in the country. 

His mother Marie organises the walk locally each year.

She thanked the many business and individuals who made this year’s walk possible.

They were: Electric Ireland; Killarney Racecourse; Killarney National Park; Sheahan Group,; Daly’s Supervalu; Emergency Services and Order of Malta; MC Brendan Fuller of Radio Kerry; Videographer Dan Devane; Photographers Marie Carroll O’Sullivan and Konrad Paprocki; Samantha Nagle for Instagram and all the volunteers and supporters.

Stephanie Manahan, Pieta CEO, said: “We are beyond grateful for the thousands of people who supported the event this year. To see so many people come out each and every year is truly inspiring and each and every person makes a valuable contribution in enabling Pieta to provide free, professional therapy for suicide prevention and bereavement in Ireland. On behalf of the entire team at Pieta, we want to thank every single participant, volunteer, and supporter. Thanks to you, we can continue to support those who need us most.’’

Meanwhile in London, Aghadoe native Tara Cronin was the lead organiser of Darkness into light, Cricklewood. TV celebrity Laura Whitmore also took part in the London walk.

The annual helps to raise almost €4m nationally to fund Pieta’s lifesaving suicide prevention services. This figure is expected to increase over the coming weeks as public fundraising and corporate donations for the initiative continue.

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Brand new look for Killarney Magazine

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Hot off the presses! This years Killarney Magazine is out from this weekend.

Killarney’s premier tourism magazine is back on the streets with a fresh look.

The magazine has been reimagined by the Killarney Advertiser and KC Print team. The theme is ‘We are Killarney….Explore It Like We Do’ is packed with the best experiences our amazing town can offer.

Lead by the Killarney Advertiser team, the magazine is a vibrant reflection of the changing nature of the tourism market focussing on experiences, food, festivals, and craic.

This year’s magazine builds on the last seven editions of the Killarney Magazine first launched in 2016. It has become a must read for visitors and this edition is packed with experiences that are world class. Celebrating our unique town is a full-time job for the team and in this year’s edition the energy is hopping off the page.

Speaking about the magazine, Sales Manager Chris Davies explained that “bringing a fresh new look was important considering that so many businesses upgraded their offerings for the new season. This year we focused on the experience side of Killarney, and I think the content and listings showcase all of the great experiences our town has to offer”

This coffee table publication will be available from all hotels, restaurants, bars, and tourism spots from this weekend on.

It will be distributed weekly throughout the summer and is sure to be a massive success with visitors and locals alike.

The magazine is free, and to make this possible it is through advertising by businesses in our community. Thank you to all those who advertised this year, and, in the past, it would not be possible to represent our town in its awe-inspiring wonder without their support.

Grab a coffee and enjoy this year’s edition. Click here to read online!

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