The term microaggression revolves around the mixture of all the daily social, verbal and environmental humiliations. This processes in two manners: intentional and unintentional. At the same time, most people think it’s just a fancy name given to people who are overly sensitive. Although, it’s not!
Do you support microaggression?
The main worry that might be eating at you right now is, ‘Am I also supporting microaggression?’
Well, yes. In the act of thinking for ourselves as unbiased, decent and moral human beings we choose to overlook and deny honesty. Not that this is an inherent trait. It is something that we acquire from the environment while we grow up.
We see how okay it is to pass on reckless comments and in the same run, we ourselves ignore that the same behavior messes our mentality too. This leads to an unintentional oppressive attitude towards nearly every next person.
Microaggression as humor
How many times have you gulped in a statement just because it was embarrassing or mocking? How many times did you not confuse between humor, microaggression, and mockery? The ideology of humor for microaggressive person revolves around whatever makes someone laugh. It doesn’t target any specific group of people. It mostly targets a race, a person’s weakness and most importantly their personality traits. This not only proves out to be humiliating but because it is mistaken for humor, is also leaves a person in self-doubt.
Credibility of microaggression
It doesn’t hold any scientific support nor does it feed benefit to the other. The term was brought to life by Psychiatrist Chester M. Pierce from Harvard in 1970. In the 21st century, the term started to get its full recognition.
It was, therefore, used to explain any act of degradation that is based on pure biased opinions.
But, it will surely give you a tough time explaining it to someone who is determined to negate it.
Why not call it ‘criticism’?
The question has a point. The only difference arises in these manners;
criticism can be positive or negative, but always intentional. You will never see a critique unintentionally criticizing something. Microaggression can be unintentional too.
In a group of friends, it’s somewhat okay to be open to each other about the insecurities you hold.
Despite that, some friends choose to degrade you on the basis of it, rather humorously, but the damage is done anyway.
How to fix it?
The real challenge arises in responding to the degrading statements. Subtle prejudgment and insentient prejudice are real and substantial. People who claim it to be a self-created terminology will mostly be harboring damaged personalities and discriminating point of views.
The term is purely elastic and can be used on higher platforms to create awareness. Not only this, but the vast concept should be taught in the educational institutes to gain a healthy outcome.
Does sensitivity come with microaggression?
Everything on this planet slowly and gradually either adapts to any physical or emotional insult or gets deformed. Same is the case with sensitivity. Sensitivity is not a choice, neither is it non-inherent. It can be acquired by parents or can be a result of repeated insult.
However, from a broader perspective, it is true that sensitivity comes with microaggression as well. What’s not right is that microaggression creates sensitivity in people. Therefore, instead of being a root cause of damaging a human, it’s a humble option to choose otherwise.
Microaggression can be mistaken or even ignored on a daily basis. The whole concept of ignoring anything that wrecks a personality is vague. So is the act of doing so. However, most of the time some people choose to escape their insecurities through microaggression. Don’t be a source of degradation to someone in reply to their microaggressive attitude.
Lastly, anything that throws anyone in the dungeon of misery is wrong on so many levels. In the search of perfection, don’t forget to climb onto the stair of humbleness and gratitude.