One of the biggest stumbling blocks to one’s personal and organizational effectiveness is the internalized of oppressions of racism, sexism, male oppression, etc. Helping participants address their internalized oppressions empowers them in many areas of their life and enhances their capacity to take action in creating healthier personal lives as they work for change in society.
Internalized Oppression: What Is It?
Internalized oppression is a phenomenon that occurs when a group of people is bombarded with gross misinformation and is systematically mistreated over a long period of time. Members of the targeted group internalize the misinformation and the hurtful behavior and turn upon themselves, their family members, and other people of their group. The dominant group then uses the internalized oppression to justify further mistreatment of the targeted group.