THE ANALYSTS...AKA THE QUIET OBSERVERS

 

DIAGNOSIS
You care about race relations and racial justice, but you are confused about what your proper role is or even the proper response you should have at an emotional level. You know that there are a lot of people with messed
up views, but it is unclear whether it is your place to address them. For some Analysts, it is unclear whether their restrained emotional response is something to be addressed.

PRESCRIPTION
These folks care about racial equity, but too frequently stay on the sidelines as a detached observers. Their primary focus should be on going from inaction to action. If they make a decision to change their behavior, they can start by tuning in to what happens in their minds and body when they hear racially problematic statements. Do they experience anger, sadness, or frustration? Even though they rarely have a visceral reaction, they may still have a subtle physical reaction that is a signal of their connection to this issue. After noticing this reaction, Analysts can use their own reaction as a signal to themselves that it is time to engage.

GROWTH EDGE QUESTIONS FOR MENTAL WARRIORS

  1. To what extent is your emotional response on issues of race similar or different to your emotional reaction on other social issues you care about?

  2. What is your fear of what would happen either inside you or within the situation if you were to respond to engage people who make statements that you define as racially problematic?