The
Four Quadrants
Body Mind Spirit Emotion

Oppression


Definition:
Oppression is the feeling of being heavily burdened, by troubles, adverse conditions, or issues of injustice, including facing discrimination and power misuse. Oppression can be experienced by individuals and/ or by groups of people.


Shame, stress, anxiety, depression, reduced self-esteem, sadness, worry, self-blame, self-doubt, weight loss or gain, difficulties sleeping, suspiciousness, resilience, courage, taking a stance for justice

Living with oppression is a stressful experience.  Physically, one may experience the same signs of stress on the body, including, weight loss or gain, difficulties sleeping, et cetera.

Intellectually a person living with oppression may have thoughts of self-doubt, worry, and suspiciousness.  One may also plan ways to challenge issues of injustice, by drawing  on his/ her strengths and courage.

Spirtually, when living with oppression, a person may lose his/ her sense of self from living with feelings of low self-worth.  A person may also draw upon his/ her resilience to challenge the issues of injustice and connect with people to take a stance.

Emotionally, a person may experience feelings of shame, depression, or sadness.  Alternatively, a person may feel courageous and consequently empowered when challenging issues of oppression.