The Impact of Internalized Oppression on Relationships with LeKeisha Winters, LCSW
In this episode, we have invited LeKeisha Winters, a Licensed Psychotherapist who has experience with treating mental, behavioral, and emotional disorders. Ms LeKeisha helps patients develop strategies to change behaviors or cope with difficult situations and refer patients to other resources or services, such as support groups or other mental health professionals.
What is internalized oppression?
Internalized oppression is a concept in which an oppressed group comes to use against itself the methods of their oppressor. It occurs when social oppression, such as racism, sexism, ableism, classism, heterosexism, gender, and religious oppression are implanted to benefit any dominant group. When people are targeted, discriminated against, or oppressed over time, they often internalize the myths and misinformation that society communicates about their group.
Connecting internalized oppression to relationships
Internalized oppression creates a barrier and divides people within the same group, so they are not as effective in supporting each other and standing together for change. It can have serious consequences for communities. It holds people back from thinking well of themselves, living entire lives, and standing up against injustice.
Patterns in a generation.
We were molded as children by our parents, religions, peers, and society to "fit in." As a result, we developed beliefs, thoughts, emotions, and behaviors through this pattern that keeps us acting in the ways we were taught to work—not in the ways that make us feel like our authentic selves.
How can we be authentic?
When exploring your Authentic Self, you may feel unsure of how to go about it. You can undergo therapy and try to have a discussion to open your true self. The positive effect of being you is to feel like you are fully alive and present. Yet this requires vulnerability and being authentic means presenting yourself as you are.
Authenticity is being conscious of who you are and what you stand for and expressing yourself to the world honestly and consistently. Learning to be your true self is an important part of living a fulfilling life and having genuine relationships. Authenticity happens when your words, actions, and behaviors consistently match your core identity.
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Harry “The Nocturnal Therapist” Turner