Loneliness is a complex problem of epidemic proportions, affecting millions from all walks of life.
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A Multicultural Psychology Approach
Gordon C. Nagayama Hall, Ph.D.
Many older psychologists delay retirement. But retiring can create opportunities to diversity the psychology workforce.
A new survey indicates that psychologists are not as diverse as the clients they serve. But the cultural relevance of psychotherapy is more important than psychologist ethnicity.
People in the United States tend to focus on the present. People in East Asia tend to focus on the past and future. A balance between the past, present, and future is needed.
It is common to blame yourself for discrimination. But discrimination is not your fault.
"Diversity" is one of the seven words banned by the Trump administration. But research indicates that diversity can benefit everyone.
Changing your name can help you be accepted, but there are costs and benefits.
Holiday gatherings are a mixture of joy and stress. People planning can reduce stress and increase joy.
Moving to a new place can be alluring. But social connectedness is more important for your health than where you move.
News of disasters can be overwhelming. But practical ways of helping others can be energizing.
Some people have high thresholds for racism. But subtle racism is more widespread than blatant racism. An awareness of history can improve accuracy in detecting racism.
Can we improve our ability to recognize the faces of people in groups other than our own? Experience with others can help.
The United States' relationships with other cultures have declined. Cultural humility can help correct this.
The idea of creating a safe space is well-intentioned. But creating a safe space takes work.
Do your conversations with others seem to go nowhere? Taking turns can make a difference.
Is it harmful to take something from someone else's culture and use it? Psychological science suggests that harm may occur.
Neither Oregon nor psychology is diverse. Examining one's perspectives on diversity may help with change.
Sports team loyalties are similar to cultural identities. Sometimes you have more than one.
A solitary religious experience is common in White Christian churches. In contrast, Asian ethnic churches emphasize being part of a community.
Familismo is a Latinx cultural value. But it can facilitate mental health for people from any cultural background.
Assimilation can be good for Asian Americans' mental health. But there may be hidden benefits of being Asian in the United States.
Traditionally masculine characteristics are associated with men's mental health problems. Healthy masculinity may involve a dose of femininity.
Single experiences sometimes lead to stereotypes. Attention to differences can reduce prejudice.
"Where are you from? Could this question make someone feel excluded? Following the Platinum Rule can make people feel included.
Mindfulness looks different in the West than in the East. Balancing a focus on self and others.
Why are Asian Americans academically successful? The reason is practical.
Biracial people may never really feel at home for the holidays or anytime else. Tactful questions may make them feel more included.
Most psychologists study people like themselves. But one size does not fit all with psychology research findings.
The U.S. has high rates of homelessness and individualism. Lack of connection results in lack of compassion.
People outside our group may “all look alike” because we have limited experience with them. However, looking like someone who may be dangerous does not make a person dangerous.
Hillary Clinton called half of Trump supporters "deplorables". But why would someone who is not misogynist, racist, or homophobic vote for Trump?
Gordon C. Nagayama Hall, Ph.D., is a professor of psychology at the University of Oregon with a focus in culture and mental health.