Though important strides have been made in the last three decades in the research efforts on African Americans, there continues to be a lack of significant new understanding about the impact of the African American culture on the therapy process and dynamics. This volume provides an in-depth analysis of the counseling literature pertaining to African American clients. Specifically, the analysis includes a review of the different variables (client, counselor, counseling process, and assessment) that have received the bulk of research attention. This sets the stage for the presentation of a counseling model for African American clients. The authors discuss philosophical premises upon which the model is based and suggest specific counseling strategies and interventions related to the model. Case study material is integrated throughout the chapters, focusing on individual and group approaches. This volume is an important work for counseling professionals as well as for students in social work and counseling programs.
Chapter 2: African-Centered Psychology: Basic Principles
African-Centered Psychology: Basic Principles
There exists in us a unifying link that rationalism cannot explain, that quantitative, equational logic cannot grasp. This link enables us to see an object as a single image observed from different angles; to isolate at will different sounds heard simultaneously; to taste, that is, to coordinate flavor and odor; and to comprehend corporeality through touch. This is in no way a reasoned coordination, but a phenomenon of intelligence that resides in the synthesizing milieu, in other words, a faculty for canceling sensorial specifications.
This chapter essentially builds on Chapter 1 by introducing the Western-trained practitioner to a different paradigm: a different way of thinking and a different set of tools for discourse, understanding, and intervening in ...