Racial Microagressions In Everyday Life

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1) In the article on Microagressions, explain why the authors think it is very important for the therapist to be clear about their own values and identity. In the article “Racial Microagressions in Everyday Life”, Derald Wing Sue and his colleagues highlight racial microagressions that occur in a therapeutic relationship. As defined in the article, microagressions are brief verbal, behavioral, or environmental actions that convey hostility, derogatory, or negativity towards a certain group of people. Microagressions can be subtle, such as assuming an Asian American or Latin American is foreign born. It can also be obvious, such as specifically going to an Asian person in a group of black and white students for help with a math or science problem. These actions can occur with or without the intention of the person portraying the microagression. As a therapist, each patient you see holds different beliefs and values that relate to the issues they deal with on a daily basis. The therapeutic relationship comes across an obstacle when the therapist encounters those of another race, culture, ethnicity, or sexual orientation. In order to properly treat the patient, the therapist must be able to see the patient from an unbiased view. This can be done by clarifying his/her personal beliefs and values. After understanding his/her own values, the therapist is now aware of what they know or don’t know in the world and can draw a line between their own beliefs and values from those of
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