What makes a relationship with someone of another race, religion or ethnicity so challenging?
Often couples dealing with different backgrounds are not aware of how much their conflicts may because of their differences. The differences often cause an imbalance in power.
A Caucasian in a mixed relationship usually does not understand the oppression a person of color has experienced in their life. The White person may easily hurt their partner because of their lack of knowledge of racism. This often is overlooked by both the white person and the white therapist. When working with a therapist, make sure they understand how cultural oppression effects the individual.
During my training as a therapist, I was exposed to hundreds of hours working with the dynamics of racism, sexism, homophobia and many sources of oppression that affects power dynamics in a relationship.
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