Episode #74:

Decolonize Your Brain: Part 1: Colonization and the Colonizer Mentality

October 27, 2022


Episode #74: Decolonize Your Brain: Part 1: Colonization and the Colonizer Mentality


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About the Episode:

One of the most important things we can do to ensure our brain is functioning at its highest capacity is to examine our biases and challenge our limiting beliefs.

Limiting beliefs are exactly what they sound like. They’re thoughts we hold that are limiting our growth and potential.

Limiting beliefs are informed by the things we see and hear around us. For example, if you were raised in a home with traditional gender roles, you may have grown up believing it was the women’s job to care for the home and children. If you were raised in a religious home, you may have internalized specific beliefs about God, guilt, and shame.

There are two systems of oppression that also inform many of our limiting beliefs: patriarchy and colonization.

This month, on my podcast, I’m doing a 3-part series and taking you on a journey to help you better understand colonization and the effect it has had on your brain.

In Part 1 (released this week), I’ll do a brief overview of the history of colonization and introduce you to the concept of the colonizer mentality.

In Part 2 and Part 3, I’ll teach you how to start doing the work of decolonizing your own brain.

Just like the effects of the patriarchy have no gender, the effects of colonization have no race. So whether you consider yourself a person of color or a white body individual, you’ll learn a ton in this series.

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