Reduce Ambiguity by Learning How to Recognize Microaggressions


Racial microaggressions are brief and daily verbal, behavioral, or environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicates hostile, derogatory, or negative racial slights and insults towards people of color (Sue et al., 2010).  Research has shown that being able to name the offenses and defining one’s experience in concrete terms lowers uncertainty, increases predictability of aversive events, and helps to maintain self-esteem (Sue et al., 2010). When the ambiguity of the situation is reduced, one can better practice coping skills in face of experiences of discrimination.


Question: How would you define your experiences of racial microaggressions?



Sue, D. W., Rivera, D. P., Capodilupo, C. M., Lin, A. I., & Torino, G. C. (2010). Racial dialogues and White trainee fears: Implications for education and training. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 16(2), 206.

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