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The concept of cultural misorientation analyzes the degree to which attributes associated with the European worldview, such as valuing the survival of the fittest and materialism over collectivism and spiritualism, benefit the collective survival thrust of people of African descent. Cultural misorientation, which is the overidentification with European culture among people of African descent, emerges as a conceptual framework that seeks to explain the conflicts and contradictions that arise as a result of the intentional distortion of African selfconsciousness. The cultural misorientation paradigm argues that under normal natural conditions, people of African descent, for the most part, manifest healthy psychological functioning. Yet when these conditions are not optimal and people of African descent are bombarded by and internalize the European worldview, they experience cultural ...

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