If this was a perfect world everyone would be able to cohabit with proper understanding, no stereotypes, and no wars. But since we live in a world where people are judged because of their culture, their religion, and even the way they dress, we have researchers that investigate why people react to stimuli certain manner. Those researchers who investigate these phenomenons are multicultural psychologist. This paper will discuss what is what multicultural psychology is, provide a brief history of multicultural psychology, and provide a rationale for the establishment of multicultural psychology as a subspecialty of psychology.
Some people may wonder what a multicultural psychology is. According to Webster dictionary multicultural is relating to, reflecting, or adapted to diverse cultures (Webster.com). Psychology is defined as the study of mind and behavior in relation to a particular field of knowledge or activity (Webster.com). Therefore multicultural psychology is the organized study of each and every aspect of an individual’s activities as it occurs in the environment inhabitant by diverse cultural backgrounds interacts with each other. It focuses on behavior those different thought processes of individuals, the environment that surrounds them, what makes an individual’s behavior normal or abnormal, and how the different items correlate. Significant concepts of multicultural psychology include race, ethnicity, and culture (Hall, 2010). According to Webster a race is a group is a diverse population of individuals distinguished from other individuals (dictionary.com). Most of the perception that defines an individual race are those based on skin color, skin texture, descent, heredity, and nationalized origin. Race is a specific ethnic group and is often debatable due to their political and sociological uses and implications (Hall, 2010). Culture is define as the value in an individual or civilization that arises from a...
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