Internalized Oppression can depress, limit or destroy our well-being, empowerment and meaningful engagement with life. Internalized oppression is a dynamic of systemic oppression whether based on gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, age, ability, appearance or other diversity dimensions. That is, if society constantly puts us down because of some aspect of our identity, it’s common for a part of us to agree with this perception; and then relate to ourselves and others like us with the same doubt or hatred.
Zed Xaba, M.A., is a black South African woman who has been dealing with Internalized Oppression for all her life, but has been inspired to confront it directly it the past few years. She has presented at conferences on the topic, and was invited to do a TEDx Talk on the subject Zed has worked as a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion facilitator for two decades in South Africa and globally. See her Ted Talk HERE.
Bill Say, M.A., has worked on his self-criticism/internalized oppression for a long time! He’s learned a lot from this relationship, and has helped clients work with their own inner critics. Bill is a Process Work Diplomate in the San Francisco Bay Area, an instructor at the California Institute of Integral Studies and conduct a private practice utilizing Process Work for individuals, relationships, families, and groups. He offers training and facilitation at the intersection of diversity, conflict and community building. Learn More at www.BillSay.com