t-shirt

Official Happy Holidays With Cheese T-Shirt

In my years as a therapist, I have often recognized white patients as being out of “fruitful communion with the depths of their beings.” Until recently, I never chalked it up to their being white. Despite developing “cultural competence” through a required multiculturalism class in graduate school, and contemplating my own racial and ethnic identity from time to time, I never thought of my whiteness as a source of psychological vulnerability.

Official Happy Holidays With Cheese T-Shirt

Despite my familiarity with the DSM concept of “culture-bound syndromes” — the culturally and socially determined mental health issues of other racial and ethnic groups — I never considered that white Americans could have their own culture-bound syndromes, like anorexia maybe, or mass shootings. (Sudden individual acts of mass violence, or amok, were until recently listed as a culture-bound syndrome in the DSM — among Southeast Asians).