The Psychology of the Makeover


n., pl., -gies.

  1. The science that deals with mental processes and behavior.
  2. The emotional and behavioral characteristics of an individual, group, or activity: the psychology of war.
  3. Subtle tactical action or argument used to manipulate or influence another: He used poor psychology on his employer when trying to make the point.
  4. Philosophy. The branch of metaphysics that studies the soul, the mind, and the relationship of life and mind to the functions of the body.

make·over (mākō′vər)


  1. a making over; change; renovation
  2. a change in a person’s appearance made by altering makeup, hairstyle, etc., esp. as a service performed by an expert or professional
I was watching the news this morning, and if you’ve been reading this blog, you know how much I love the news.  This morning though, they did a story on makeovers – for the beginning of the school year.  They were “making over” girls from late elementary to freshmen in college.
It got me thinking about the Makeover.  We live in a Makeover kind of world.  You can start over or redo just about anything these days.  There are even shows about it, and it’s important enough to make the news.
From the identity perspective, makeovers happen all the time.  It’s the makeover or reshaping of an identity projection.  It’s a good thing.  It might show development and growth.  It definitely shows change.
Makeover away.  It’s not a bad thing.

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