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Psychological Effects of Slavery

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Tia Sojonky

on 14 January 2013

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By: Tia Sojonky, Stephanie Bearman and Shayla Kapila "Being forced to work without compensation dragged the blacks further into the psychological quagmire of self-loathing and depression." What psychological effects did the harsh treatment of slaves have on African Americans??? Psychological Effects of Slavery "Many African Americans suffer from a sub-conscious inferiority complex, which can be in part attributed to forced discrimination from their source of self concept and identity." "Negative mental conditioning was reinforced by their owners and much of the rest of white society through harsh treatment, and brutal reprisals, for seeking any form of knowledge of themselves or the world at large." "The female slaves were forced to have relations with the stronger males and would most likely suffer psychologically especially in the area of self esteem." "Traders did not take into account an African's origin and gave the slaves new names, wiping away any means of today's African Americans from being able to trace their ancestry to a specific African country of origin through a paper trail. This leaves many African Americans with a sense of disconnect to Africa." "After extended periods of mistreatment, the dark skinned slaves reached the point of psychological exhaustion, and began to accept the belief that they were inferior to the lighter skinned blacks, as well as their white owners." "Many Black Americans have passed down feelings of inferiority to their children from generation to generation, long after the abolishment of slavery." "A man is in part measured by his ability to take care of himself and his family. When a man feels that he cannot provide for those that he is responsible for, his sense of self worth is significantly lowered." "The awareness that those around you view your skin color as a misfortune can have devastating effects on your self esteem" "If slaves were told something enough times, in time they would come to believe what they were being told, even though it was detrimental to them psychologically" The slave trade was pyschologically detrimental to African Americans because it significantly harmed their self esteem, denied them of any knowledge of their history or the world, made them feel inferior and eventually led them to loathe themselves. Figure 1 Figure 2 Figure 3 Figure 4 Figure 5 Figure 6 Figure 7 Figure 8 Figure 9 Figure 10 Figure 11 Figure 11
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