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Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: Do you think it exists?

Posted by on May. 21, 2013 at 4:23 PM
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POST TRAUMATIC SLAVE SYNDROME
As a result of twelve years of quantitative and qualitative research Dr. DeGruy has developed her theory of Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome, and published her findings in the book Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome - America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing”. The book addresses the residual impacts of generations of slavery and opens up the discussion of how the black community can use the strengths we have gained in the past to heal in the present.

WHAT IS P.T.S.S.?
P.T.S.S. is a theory that explains the etiology of many of the adaptive survival behaviors in African American communities throughout the United States and the Diaspora. It is a condition that exists as a consequence of multigenerational oppression of Africans and their descendants resulting from centuries of chattel slavery. A form of slavery which was predicated on the belief that African Americans were inherently/genetically inferior to whites. This was then followed by institutionalized racism which continues to perpetuate injury.

Thus, resulting in M.A.P.:

  • M: Multigenerational trauma together with continued oppression;
  • A: Absence of opportunity to heal or access the benefits available in the society; leads to
  • P: Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome.

Under such circumstances these are some of the predictable patterns of behavior that tend to occur:

KEY PATTERNS OF BEHAVIOR REFLECTIVE OF P.T.S.S.

Vacant Esteem
Insufficient development of what Dr. DeGruy refers to as primary esteem, along with feelings of hopelessness, depression and a general self destructive outlook.
Marked Propensity for Anger and Violence
Extreme feelings of suspicion perceived negative motivations of others. Violence against self, property and others, including the members of one’s own group, i.e. friends, relatives, or acquaintances.
Racist Socialization and (internalized racism)
Learned Helplessness, literacy deprivation, distorted self-concept, antipathy or aversion for the following:

  • The members of ones own identified cultural/ethnic group,
  • The mores and customs associated ones own identified cultural/ethnic heritage,
  • The physical characteristics of ones own identified cultural/ethnic group
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    rfurlongg
    by on May. 21, 2013 at 4:28 PM
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    Possibly. I would have to read more on her methodologies.
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    Due9
    by Bronze Member on May. 21, 2013 at 4:35 PM
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    No

    Peanutx3
    by Ruby Member on May. 21, 2013 at 4:37 PM
    Interesting
    NorseGodessMom
    by on May. 21, 2013 at 4:47 PM
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    no, its an excuse. Just like fat being genetic...

    ambertreas76
    by on May. 21, 2013 at 4:48 PM
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    Nope.
    EireLass
    by Ruby Member on May. 21, 2013 at 4:49 PM
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    Yes...it's alive and well on CafeMom.

    MrsImperfect
    by Bronze Member on May. 21, 2013 at 4:50 PM
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    Sounds to me like the generations of families won't let them forget. Beating it into their heads that their ancestors were slaves so they act like that as if it happened to them. Not a disorder though. Imo.
    SWasson
    by Bronze Member on May. 21, 2013 at 5:00 PM
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    This sounds like a pop-relabeling of some previous research.

    buttersworth
    by Silver Member on May. 21, 2013 at 5:07 PM
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    There is a name for every human condition in contemporary psychology, and diseases that are not even diseases. Because it is so vast, and inclusive, literally EVERYONE is diseased/ mentally ill.

    Just a way to sell more drugs to the public.

    Debmomto2girls
    by Platinum Member on May. 21, 2013 at 5:08 PM
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    I don't know. 

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