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This is an article I wrote that appeared in the West Plaza Neighborhood Association Newsletter.

The term “microaggression,” according to Derald Sue, a Columbia University professor, refers to “brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioral, or environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative racial slights and insults toward people of color.”

Microaggressions Angry manActually, microaggressions can be directed toward any person, including strangers, coworkers, and loved ones. A sneer, a disdainful look, a turn of the heard, or an unkind remark can sear someone’s heart and soul. When it occurs repeatedly, it can seep into someone’s core and eat away at their self-esteem and destroy their sense of belonging.

Learn More About Microaggressions

Google MicroaggressionsBecoming aware of our own microaggressions toward others is a start toward a safer, kinder world. Simply Googling the word “microaggressions” is a good way to explore more on the topic.

Watch for my next article on “implicit bias” to learn more about the source of microaggressions.

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Please note, this article first appeared in the West Plaza Neighborhood Association Newsletter, September-October 2016 on page 4.

Author: Martha Childers

Martha Childers, EdS, LPC is a psychotherapist specializing in helping individuals aged 50+, couples and women. Martha is a licensed professional counselor in Missouri and Kansas. She received her masters and education specialist degrees in counseling psychology from the University of Missouri – Kansas City. She practiced Zen through a variety of Japanese traditional arts for 3-1/2 years. Since that time, mindfulness has been an integral part of her life. Her interest in human nature, beliefs, and life styles led her to become a counselor.

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