For African Americans, the experience of trauma extends beyond what we see on the news to the everyday challenges Black people face with omnipresent racism, leading to what’s known as “race-based stress and trauma.”
People all over the nation were shocked to learn about the curious case of Rachel Dolezal, former head of the NAACP chapter in Spokane who self-identifies as a Black woman, even though her biological parents are White. What is the psychology behind race switching and our reaction to it?
If you are a White person in America, it can be hard to imagine that your neighbor, coworker, or friend of color could be living a completely different experience. Why is it so hard to ask the important questions? How can a White person understand what it’s like to be a stigmatized racial minority? Can we forge an authentic connection?
I recently received an email from a distraught reader who shared his experience of racism with his therapist, only be met with ridicule and disbelief. Many ethnic and racial minorities who need therapy avoid it for fear of being misunderstood.
You love your children with all your heart and would never forgive yourself if something bad happened to them. However, you repeatedly see yourself sexually molesting them when they are in your vicinity. You try to ignore it but the worry just won't go away.
Racism can be perpetuated by therapists who are genuinely committed to the well-being of minorities and consider themselves progressive and egalitarian. Most of us go into the helping professions because we care about people, but even seemingly positive statements can communicate racism.
Even among therapists who have received multicultural training, racism often inserts itself unconsciously into the counseling process. Learn four ways therapists offend their minority clients without realizing it.
Discrimination can result in psychological and physiological stress, but can racism be traumatic? Ethnic and racial minorities may be at risk for this underrecognized mental health phenomenon. The DSM-5 opens the door to a broader perspective on race-based trauma.
When obsessive-compulsive disorder is a third person in a marriage, it can be hard to make it work. Patients and spouses alike suffer when OCD rules the home, as family members get pulled into the obsessive-compulsive cycle. Learn what you can do when your loved one suffers from OCD.
When we have been abused or neglected as children it can leave us feeling deprived and wronged by those we loved and trusted. Learn how to overcome these wounds with self-help techniques rooted in the trauma research.
Contrary to conventional wisdom, men and women can be equally competitive. Competition can be helpful when it motivates us but harmful in relationships, resulting in stress, aggression, and broken relationships.
People may be discriminated against because of membership in a particular ethnoracial group (racism), because the shade of their skin (colorism), or both. Black women are in a triple bind. Society confers unspoken rewards on lighter-skinned Black women.
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