By Todd Sojonky
Who am I as a psychologist? This ebook examines the function of psychologists in move- cultural settings and explores the price of self-knowledge within the perform of psychology. at the present time many indigenous individuals are nonetheless experiencing a colonial kind of remedy that's rooted in strength imbalances and a controlled future health care procedure. via narrative, tale, poetry and psychotherapy this ebook exhibits the significance of private development and informs the perform of being a ‘good psychologist’. It asks the reader to think about how cross-cultural studies effect expert psychology discourse and practices in addition to to discover the relationships among dominant psychology platforms and cultural enactments.
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Research with Indigenous Peoples has traditionally exploited them as “client populations” rather than as contributors to research. indd 13 4/14/10 6:39:30 PM suspicion and hostility by First Nations peoples as something intrusive, oppressive and disrespectful. They see themselves as over-researched without any benefit to their community which in turn has generated mistrust and resistance (Martin, 2003; Smith, 1999). In consultation with four elders from different communities in the region, I was guided to use my story as a template for understanding my “self,” my “I amness” and to inform my practice of being a psychologist in a First Nations world.
Her essay also supports the idea that we are not individually to blame for racism. White privilege is not a process with a clear beginning or a foreseeable end and is not the domain of radical racist groups alone. It is found in average tolerant people who encourage diversity and are believers of justice just like me. indd 38 4/14/10 6:41:09 P CHAPTER 3 MAMAMASKAC KIKWAY (CREE: MYSTERY) Introduction Stories begin in the most unusual places. As I have related to you, my story as a white psychologist in an Indian world began with a tree and a neighbour and became a story that unravelled over a period of time.
Another issue that is raised by the use of narrative involves potential lies and sentimentality that may arise from the researcher’s biases. O’Dea (1994) asks the question: How might such a lie occur? One way is the use of language and the implied meanings or constructed phrases. Words convey a different message in different contexts and have culturally diverse meanings. The researcher has an obligation to communicate in such a way that thoughts shared and ideas suggested are clearly understood and without bias.
A self-study : being a white psychologist in an Indian world by Todd Sojonky