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.
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Axner, M. (n.d.) Community Toolbox: Healing from the Effects of Internalized Oppression. Retrieved from http://ctb.ku.edu/en/tablecontents/sub_section_main_1172.aspx