Microaggressions: Seek First to Understand
Updated: Feb 21
In this episode (6) of the Careers Evolve Podcast, I share my thoughts and reactions to microaggressions. This episode stems from several conversations within the course of a week with different women of color about microaggressions. As I always say, it's a real thing.
I define it, and provide some basic real life examples. As a Career Coach, I help guide individuals through challenging situations and courageous conversations in the workplace. We've all had a few in our lives.
This episode is not about making anyone feel bad or labeling people as bad people. It's about communication and empathy. According to the late great James Baldwin, nothing can be changed until it is faced.
It's intended to be a conversation starter. Although, each situation is unique and may require more complex resolutions.
At the end of the day, the majority of people want the same thing in life such as love, belonging, fair treatment, respect,opportunity, money, and to have all our needs met.
With that said, I hold on to the following basic principles.
1.) Think before you speak
2.) Seek first to understand rather than be understood.
Listen to this episode HERE.
The following book is referenced throughout this episode.
Sue, Derald W. & Spanierman, Lisa B. (2020). Microaggressions in Everyday Life. (Second Edition). John Wiley and Sons, Inc.
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