Diversity Minute 15: Internalized Superiority
It can apply to any one of us
Internalized superiority is a subconscious belief that an aspect of our identity makes us better than others.
This can really apply to all of us. For example,
- You could look down on people who have less money.
- Or you might speak English as your first language and subconsciously believe that others who don’t speak English as well are less dignified.
- We might feel superior to others because of our age, race, gender, or sexual orientation.
These superior beliefs can cause us to act in ways that are harmful and that further injustice.
How to counter internalized superiority
To counter this, we must do the deep work of self-reflection in order to truly see the incredible value in everyone we meet.
Self-reflection [allows us] to truly see the incredible value in everyone we meet.
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