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The results of my multicultural self-assessment did not surprise me because I have had a diverse upbringing and I believe because of this I have a cultural awareness. I also believe that I am an empath and therefore I am in tune with people’s feelings and try my hardest to avoid hurting or offending anyone. I scored myself with mostly 5’s indicating I have a fairly decent understanding of multi-cultural awareness.
I am one of 6 children and although we all have the same mother; we have different fathers. I have 2 brothers that are of Hispanic descent and grew up in a home where both English and Spanish were spoken and the culture was a mixture of both my mother’s English upbringing and her husband’s Spanish upbringing. We also lived in a diverse neighborhood which allowed me the opportunity to grow up in an environment that was conducive to encountering people of varying cultures and ethnicities. As a child, I had many friends that were different than myself and therefore as an adult I find I am comfortable with unfamiliar cultures and even curious.
One aspect of my life that was not diverse was my socioeconomic background. I grew up in an impoverished neighborhood and being around people who were financially established or even “well-to-do” was not an experience I would have until I was in my late teens. I met my first serious boyfriend by chance through a mutual acquaintance. He was not from my neighborhood and was in fact soaring his wild oats when we had our chance encounter. Despite our differing upbringings we enjoyed each other’s company and after a while he wanted to introduce me to his family.
I realized I was “other” immediately because he had to drive about forty minutes to get to his house. The fact that he even had a vehicle tipped me off because he was only sixteen and no one else, I knew drove; mostly for financial reasons. His parents must have sensed; I was from a rough neighborhood because they seemed to be distraught at the fact that, I was even in their home. Several experiences I had with them early on made me realize I was other. One time his father mentioned to me that if I were to see anyone on his property; and by anyone he used a vulgar word for Hispanic people, to let him know because he was tired of these “bums” on his property. I remember how it hurt my feelings because I have two Hispanic brothers and I thought he wouldn’t approve of my family. Through this relationship the difference in our lifestyles proved to be a stressor and eventually broke us up. His mother would take me clothes shopping every time there was an event I was invited to, and while I believe her intentions were good, I was embarrassed, humiliated and ashamed.
We had a child together and that was when the difference in upbringings became it’s most apparent. While I was raised to value your parents and to do as much as you can for your family, he was brought up to expect to be taken care of by his family and this is ultimately what ended our relationship. It was as though we were from two different planets and spoke two different languages. Our child is now seventeen and she has shared with me how hard it was growing up in two homes and with two people who lived and believed in very different things. I am so proud however that she seems to have taken the best of both experiences to become a young woman I am so proud of.
According to Erikson I would have been in my Ego Identity vs Role Confusion stage of life and I found it an interesting read because the stage talks about a failure to identify a sense of self can lead to role confusion. I did struggle to identify with most in my neighborhood because I was one of few White people in my neighborhood and this may be why I looked outward to find a sense of self. The stage talks about experimenting with different lifestyles and I did do that. Ultimately I was able to balance between where I wanted to be and embracing where I came from and I am comfortable with where I am today.
Counseling Statement Identity: In realizing that each of us have lived our life with unique experiences that have shaped us into who we are and the beliefs we have. I will be mindful of my own bias due to those experiences and be aware and respect others unique experiences as well. As a clinician, I will strive to embrace the diversity among us and encourage each person to embrace what makes them diverse as well. As a counselor my biggest hope is to never stifle the unconventional or eccentric but instead to work together to find a place of acceptance; free of cognitive dissonance.
rs. I have 2 brothers that are of Hispanic descent and grew up in a home where both English and Spanish were spoken and the culture was a mixture of both my mother’s English upbringing and her husband’s Spanish upbringing. We also lived in a diverse neighborhood which allowed me the opportunity to grow up in an environment that was conducive to encountering people of varying cultures and ethnicities. As a child, I had many friends that were different than myself and therefore as an adult I find I am comfortable with unfamiliar cultures and even curious.
Counseling Statement Identity: In