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Re: Culture Shock white rabbit

Posted by jane d on April 11, 2003, at 18:14:54

In reply to Culture Shock, posted by white rabbit on April 10, 2003, at 12:36:15

I always am a bit cautious when dealing with men from certain cultures. I've been reprimanded for it by men who share my beliefs against prejudging people and all I can say to them is "you don't understand". I have to be aware of other people's possible prejudices or else end up being devastated by the bad treatment it sometimes results in. At the same time I try to remember that even in the most repressive cultures not everybody shares the same beliefs and that immigrants especially may be people who weren't comfortable with the way things worked at home. Are you sure it's women he feels are inferior and not all patients. He sounds like another subscriber to the doctor as god and psychiatric patients as the lowest of the low school of thought. Luckily you don't need to decide why he's the way he is. You've got a good reason to find someone else. Good luck with the hunt.

I also sometimes wonder how much even less obvious barriers get in the way. The famous "cultural sensitivity". Especially in psych. Can you really judge how much of the course of someones life has been driven by illness and how much by poverty if you've always been wealthy? Or what is paranoia and what is real discrimination if you've only read about it in a brief class? Or how much repeated failures take out of you if you had made it into and through medical school?





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