Self-esteem and racial identity go hand and hand for the Black woman. When Black women accept and celebrate their natural selves including their body image and cultural differences there is a higher sense of esteem. When attempting to fit into a definition that is not authentic and natural it often negatively affects the black woman’s sense of esteem. The internalization of common stereotypes is also harmful. The reality is that there are multiple challenges to the Black woman’s self-esteem, including racism and sexism.
The use of psychotherapy to combat self-esteem issues in the Black woman can be empowering. The use of self-talk, reframing negative thoughts, pride, changing one’s perspective and learning assertive communication to maintain visibility in the world are all helpful techniques out of many utilized to work toward positive mental health and wellness.