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​Getting a hair makeover can incite much needed excitement amid curious times

Published on: 10-Dec-2020

ELLE Singapore

In social psychology, the new-hair-new-me mindset presents itself as a form of psychological separation, whereby the drastic change in appearance is a symbolic statement of disconnecting the present self from the past self, shares Asst Prof Albert Lee, who teaches psychology at NTU. “People are motivated to break the sense of continuity in the self when they feel that their past makes them sad and angry,” he continues. “One way to do so, symbolically, at least, is to change the outward appearance so that once that sense of continuity is snapped, people experience themselves as someone new, and whatever terrible things that have happened to them may all of a sudden feel less relevant and less damaging.”

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