As we recognize National LGBT Health Week here at The Clay Center, we hope the information we share will be both informative and useful. For more information on helping to improve the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals, please visit the National Coalition for LGBT Health website.
As an adult Muslim, I find it disconcerting, and at times, downright frightening, to hear xenophobic statements about keeping Muslims out of the country. In my work as a child psychiatrist, I’m hearing from Muslim parents across the country that their children are coming home to them with difficult questions and intense emotional reactions.
Some kids will become violent as adolescents.
Many have a very short fuse, exploding over the smallest thing. Others, like a ticking time bomb, harbor pent up anger until something pops.
There is a saying with regard to prejudice and human behavior. It’s a shrinky phrase (by that, I mean that it’s loaded with jargon), so I’m going to tell you it first, and then we’ll translate it through, sadly, an increasingly common example.
Here’s the phrase:
“The narcissism of small differences.