your Stage of Awareness
Stages of Cultural
Awareness & Acceptance
following definitions are from Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of
the English Language, 1996.
examples following the definitions may help us to rethink what we have
been taught, what we have internalized and what we might do differently
when it comes to being a Highly Sensitive Person.
To belittle, demean, ridicule, discredit
are weak, irritable, inferior, fearful,
too emotional, too nervous.)
To refuse to recognize or acknowledge
too sensitive, you need to toughen up, bite the bullet, suck it up.)
To admit to be real or true; to recognize the existence
of different needs and ways of being
needs and mine are different ... help me to understand you, so I can help you to
To state or assert positively
have a unique way of being in the world, we have a more finely tuned central nervous
system, and we process things deeply and purposefully.)
To further, advance, or exalt; put in a higher position
are not "better" than non-HSPs, nor are we superior...
HSPs have unique gifts,
talents, and skills and much to contribute to the world around us, our families,
our workplaces, relationships, etc.)
Dr. Evonne Hedgepeth, Ph.D., "What Does It Really Mean to 'Affirm' Versus 'Promote'"
- a handout used in cultural diversity training. Modified for HSPs by Jacquelyn
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