Message no. 577[Branch from no. 566] Posted by Thomas Culhane (1311520071) on
Thanks for linking environmental psych to the insights you've gained from other branches of the discipline. Of course they all overlap, as we are triangulating on the same reality (this is one reason we favor the "eclectic model" throughout our book.
I think the subjective experience of doubting ones self efficacy has profound effects on how deep our learned helplessness becomes, and how hard it might then be to unlearn it. I was in a discussion today with one of my former UCLA Global Environmentalism students who is visiting
Unlike many of my friends who have descended from culturally dominat groups or groups that have enjoyed power hegemony in society, I have found that I and my "friends of many colors" (as we called ourselves in our UCLA group "People of Color for Social Responsibility") all shared a greater tendency toward learned helplessness and low self esteem, even when we were doing what many considered "great things".
This is no accident -- conquerers throughout history have used the erosion of perceptions of self efficacy as a weapon against the groups they were conquering to make it easier to hold power over them. After so many generations of conditioning it is hard not to internalize the negative messages and stereotypes we are heir to.
I no longer believe there are different kinds of people -- bold people and shy people for example. I now observe that all of us have the capability to be bold or shy depending on our perceived self efficacy, but that we often differ in our response to what "mother culture" (our society) told us about the capabilities of "people like us."
One of the interesting things about observing Andy in