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Emotional Emancipation Circles

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Emotional Emancipation Circle (EEC) is an upcoming form of healing that is being introduced to clinics, campuses and community organizations across America. The premise of this self help group is people of African descent who live in America have been greatly influenced by many lies about themselves and their identity. One overall goal of EEC is to “Defy the Lie of the Myth of Black Inferiority” that has pervaded American discourse for centuries. In the circle Indigenous African rituals are implemented along with historically African American traditions to create interventions that promote change. What is considered normal and abnormal-An aspect of EEC that is considered normal is the support group format. This format is used in various therapeutic settings allowing for a sense of community. Generally participants in support groups have a common issue leading to discussion. An abnormal aspect is out right speaking negatively about America. While support groups are seen as normal it is still beneficial to address the fact that most therapies are conducted on an individual bases which aligns with the American value of individualism. EEC use the African value of community as a way of healing holding that the individual does not exist without the community (). In EEC there is an assumption that America has perpetuated lies to oppress African American people. These lies are disseminated in various ways and leave African Americans in situations where they face disadvantages. It is not normal to suggest that American is built upon a lie and that all people do not live an equal life in America. Historically Africans who were brought to this country were repeatedly told lies then forced to work for their oppressors. This is opposite of... ... middle of paper ... ...ess Continue living “the lie” Works Cited Baldwin,Joseph A.(1980) African (Black) Psychology. Issues and Synthesis in R. L. Jones (ed.) Black Psychology(125-133). First and Second Editions. New York: Harper Grills, Cheryl (2014) The Context, Perspective, and Mission of ABPsi: Past and Present Journal of Black Psychology 39(3) 276 –283 Jones, J. M. (1991). The politics of personality: Being Black in America. In R. L. Jones (Ed.), Black Psychology: Third Edition (pp. 305-318). Berkeley, CA: Cobb & Henry Publishers. Longshore, D. , Grills, C. , Annon, K. , & Grady, R. (1998). Promoting recovery from drug abuse: An africentric intervention.Journal of Black Studies,28(3), 319-333. Nobles, W.W. (1972) "African philosophy: foundations for Black Psychology," in R. L. Jones (ed.), Black Psychology (47-64). First and Second Editions. New York: Harper
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