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“I scanned my eyes furtively over my fellow patients. There was a woman in about her late 40s, with soft, dewy-looking eyes that seemed like they were ubiquitously watery, like she was always on the verge of tears. She was sitting there, looking down and fidgeting with her hands. Mid-life crisis? Anxiety? Depression? Or the latter two as a result of the former, or vice versa? You never can tell, these emotional and psychological things can get quite tricky. At least, I think so. If biological factors get in there too, it gets trickier. You never can tell where the personality ends and the illness, disorder, disease, whatever you wanna call it, begins. That’s the real reason why people find mental stuff so scary, I tell you. That’s the real reason why they don’t understand it, don’t want to understand it, or are in denial when someone they love or know begins to crumble underneath the weight of whatever chaotic mess the chemicals in their brains become entangled in. Because when the invisible, phantom illness begins to mesh with the personality, and you can’t tell one from the other anymore, people begin to define you by the phantom. The phantom becomes you.”

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With the rise of European colonization throughout the world, colonized nations and cultures became part of a process of cultural shifts. Throughout the globe, the colonized nations were left with the remnants of European influence that became intertwined within the fabric of their original culture, whether through language, ideology, mentality, tradition, or faith systems. Despite their desire to retain their culture, colonization nevertheless permeated their psychology: it changed their perception of themselves – they began to perceive their own culture and themselves through the mind of the Europeans: as inferior; whereas they, either subconsciously or blatantly, considered Western culture as the “objective truth,” the superior. They came to perceive their integration into white culture as the standard by which they measure their own worth and value. Colonization, therefore, left behind in its wake a global inferiority complex engendered through a historical process of psychological conditioning, one of the subjects of which Frantz Fanon discusses in his Wretched of the Earth.

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