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Dr Adedotun Ajiboye, Clinical Psychologist, Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital, Ado Ekiti.

Clinical Psychologist lists advantages of celebrating women

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By Okeoghene Akubuike

A Clinical Psychologist at Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital, Ado Ekiti, Dr Adedotun Ajiboye, says celebrating women has positive psychological effects on them.

Ajiboye told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Sunday that one of the fundamental psychological effects women experienced when celebrated was increased self-esteem.

He spoke against the backdrop of the celebration of the 2024 International Women’s Day (IWD) and Mothering Sunday.

IWD is celebrated annually on March 8 while Mothering Sunday is celebrated on the fourth Sunday in Lent, which is March 10.

“Being recognised and celebrated can boost an individual’s self-esteem. Feeling valued and appreciated by others contributes to positive self-image,’’ he said.

Ajiboye stressed that another positive psychological effect of celebrating women was that such celebration gave them a sense of belonging.

He noted that celebrations often involved social interactions and a sense of community.

“This can foster a feeling of belonging in women, which is a fundamental human need for psychological well-being,’’ he said.

The psychologist also told NAN that reinforcement was another positive psychological effect women experienced when celebrated.

He said celebrating a person or persons tended to increase their good deeds, stressing that celebrating achievements or positive qualities reinforced those behaviours or attributes.

He noted also that women’s moods could be enhanced when they were celebrated.

“Low mood gets discarded during celebrations because celebrations are typically joyful and positive, leading to a boost in mood and emotional well-being.

“The shared happiness during celebrations can have a contagious effect on everyone involved,’’ he said.

Ajiboye said that another positive psychological effect of celebrating women was the reduction in their stress levels.

“Celebrating a person or persons can be therapeutic. Taking the time to celebrate people and their accomplishments provides a break from everyday stressors.

“It allows individuals to relax, enjoy the moment, and experience a temporary reprieve from their daily challenges,’’ he noted.

Ajiboye also told NAN that a woman’s motivation could be increased when celebrated, saying that recognition and celebration could serve as powerful motivators.

He observed that knowing that one’s efforts were appreciated could inspire individuals to continue to work harder and strive for success.

He said another positive psychological effect of celebration in a woman was the formation of positive memories since celebrations often created lasting memories.

According to him, positive experiences associated with celebrations can be recalled in the future, contributing to an individual’s overall sense of well-being and happiness.

Ajiboye stressed that a woman’s relationships, particularly marriages, could be positively improved upon when she is celebrated.

“Celebrating others fosters positive relationships. It strengthens social bonds and encourages a supportive and collaborative environment, leading to improved interpersonal connections,’’ he said.

The psychologist said also that another positive psychological effect in celebrating a woman was in enhanced cultural and social identity.

“Celebrations that are tied to cultural or social events can reinforce a person’s sense of identity and belonging to a particular group.

This can contribute to a greater sense of purpose and connection,’’ he said.

Ajiboye said it was important to note that the psychological effects of celebrating people could vary based on cultural, individual, and contextual factors.

“The sincerity and authenticity of celebrations play a crucial role in determining their impact on psychological well-being,’’ he said.

He said it was noteworthy that those who celebrated others also experienced positive psychological effects.

“Research has shown that people who regularly celebrate others tend to be happier and more satisfied with their lives in the long run,’’ Ajiboye said. (NAN) (www.nannews.ng)

Edited by Alli Hakeem

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