Everyday, Many Face the Issues They Have with Their Ethnic Identity

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Reflecting on and changing the face of ethnic minority psychology is the importance of society today. Race, ethnicity, culture and diversity are pressing societal issues. Many people face issues everyday with their identity, which is the sense of self being independent of one’s ethnic background; empowering it and then transforming it; whether transforming is for the good or bad. People in our society, mainly our youth, have to deal with the pressures of being talked about when it comes down to what race they are, how many freckles they have or their face, how short or tall they are, and various other things. Interpersonal relationships are considered to have a bidirectional influence, which is often captured in the saying “What goes around comes around”. It may not make matters the best, but for that moment, just thinking about the statement makes matters the best. Demographic changes such as darkening the complexion of America, is forcing psychology to address the needs of growing ethnic minority populations. Reflecting on these issues, dealing with the pressures of facing the different identities and such different behaviors start to flare up. In this case, it is assumed that superiority humor theory should be used. This theory, having more to do with social groups, social status, social roles, and of course, humor is directed at individuals in positions of power rather than the targeting of the already vulnerable groups. Separating superiority theory from coping or arousal forms is advised. Humor serves a number of important social functions in interpersonal communication, but it also contradicts remarks saying that there is no solid evidence for applications in psychotherapy, education, identity, or the workplace. ... ... middle of paper ... ...323-340. Asante, M.K. (1987). The Afrocentric idea. Philadelphia: Temple University Press. Belanger, H.G., Kirkpatrick, L.A., & Derks, P. (1998). The effects of humor on verbal and imaginal problem solving. Humor: International Journal of Humor Research, 11, 21-31. Brown, D.R., Ahmed, F., Gary, L.E., & Milburn, N.G. (1995). Major depression in a community sample of African Americans. American Journal of Psychiatry, 152, 373-378. Fiske, S. T., Xu, J., & Cuddy, A. C. (1999). (Dis)respecting versus (dis)liking: Status and interdependence predict ambivalent stereotypes of competence and warmth. Journal of Social Issues, 55, 473-489. Jones, J.M. (1997). Prejudice and racism (2nd ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill. Landrine, H.A., & Klonoff, E.A. (1996). African American acculturation: Deconstructing race and reviving culture. Thousand Oaks, CA:
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