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Written for African Americans who are in the early to middle stages of recovery, this pamphlet focuses on the importance of recognizing and discussing racial and cultural issues.
Emphasizing the critical need to be honest and open about racial and cultural identity, author Peter Bell addresses the emotional pain that often occurs when taking a personal view of yourself. Cultural Pain and African Americans helps you develop the emotional insight to see the hurt, the courage to verbalize feelings, and the maturity to respond to emotional distress.
Feelings of insecurity, confusion, uncertainty, and inadequacy are all examples of cultural pain. The history of slavery, racism, and segregation, added to today's conflicting expectations and pressure of being a minority and African American, all combine to create cultural pain. By addressing self-identity issues, you can begin to develop new coping skills that enhance your own recovery.