Are you comfortable with the skin you are in?
In this episode, Crystal drops the bomb on Glen, the knowledge bomb. As part of her work Crystal helps African-Americans and biracial people deal with the trauma of not fully “belonging” to one groups’ racial identity. Cultural Disengagement is not an orientation on the Intercultural Competence Continuum. It involves the degree of connection or disconnection an individual or group experiences toward a primary cultural community. If one is not fully resolved in this aspect of their identity, it can lead to anxiety, depression, and isolation.
This is a deep subject. If you are a bi-racial person I encourage you to read Poston’s theory
Race is a category manufactured or socially constructed to distinguish a group of people based on physical characteristics. Although the history of the concept of race is beyond the scope of this article, it is important to note a few historical points to put things into context. According to the American Anthropological Association, in spite of scientific evidence to the contrary, people have been conditioned to view human races as natural and separate divisions. In fact, however, the “physical variations in the human species have no meaning except the social ones that humans put on them.”4
Crystal Morrison-Joseph, CCM, NCC, LCPC, LPC joins me again for another fun episode.
02:44 Crystal drops the knowledge bomb on Glen
04:32 Glen shares his ancestry DNA results you can see the full results here.
05:49 Struggling with racial identity (I can’t unzip my skin)
07:13 Race is arbitrary
11:41 Intra-cultural struggles
14:57 What do you do when you don’t fit into either camp? Poston’s Identity Model of Biracial Identity
21:40 Kodak Black
About this podcast and finding YOUR IDEAL life
To reach our goals, we have had to learn how to wade through all of our life experiences, all of the bits and pieces of wisdom that we have and figure out the best path for our individual lives. Avoid the pitfalls that lead to teen and young adult depression, anxiety, and general hopelessness about the future. You have extraordinary power in determining how the current circumstances of life will impact your future.
The path to your IDEAL life involves answering five questions:
- Who am I?
- Where do I want to go in life?
- How do I stay relevant in an ever-changing world?
- How can I stay sharp and honed in on my IDEAL path?
- How do I release the baggage of my past and continue to move forward in life?
Using those five questions, I have developed the IDEAL framework for helping people just like you to discover your calling in life. These will help you develop your healthy identity in our cluttered and dynamic world.
- I AM
- I DECIDE
- I EVOLVE
- I ADVANCE
- I LET GO
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