148: How We All Benefit From an Inclusive Society
Unfortunately, we live in a society that has stereotypes for everything. From love to lifestyles to career paths, people will always find something wrong with your life’s choices. However, that does not mean that you should bow to societal pressure. You can never be perfect; you can only be you, and it’s time you drop the people constantly on your case about who you should or shouldn’t be.
Why Belcher Decided To Pursue Psychology – 03:30
Psychology is one of the most popular undergraduate majors worldwide. Despite its popularity, some people still undermine the value of studying psychology. This is mostly due to the vast array of career options that psychology boasts off. Yet, most students struggle to identify exactly how to make a living from their major once they graduate. According to Belcher, once you graduate, you don’t have to know how your future will pan out; you just have to keep going.
Why LGBTQ Rights Matter – 08:35
Other than people of color, the LGBTQ community experiences the most marginalization, discrimination, and violence threats. If that’s the case, imagine how people of color who are part of the LGBTQ community are treated daily. Most people fail to understand that sexual orientation is not a phase and that as we continue to grow older, our bodies are under constant evolution. So, whether society discriminates against you, or persecutes you, don’t bow to their pressure. Always remember that your identity is more precious than conforming to societal norms.
Our Social Responsibilities Towards One Another – 11:54
2020 was a year full of challenges, adaptations, and coping. What you experienced might not necessarily be the same thing someone else experienced. So, if your friend didn’t check you up during trying times, don’t assume that you mean nothing to them. People employ different coping mechanisms when dealing with tragedy, and that might include muting social noise. Before you go dropping your friends, put yourself in their shoes and think about what they might be facing before jumping to conclusions.
Social Issues Affecting The LGBTQ Community – 17:12
For the most part, the queer community was hit harder than the general population during the pandemic. With increased stress and anxiety levels, members of the LGBTQ community were on the receiving end of domestic violence and sometimes evictions. Through her podcast, Belcher has been on a mission to create an information hub where people can find answers to their daily challenges. No matter what life throws at you, there is always something that you can do to combat that situation. The pandemic might have made your life unbearable, but there is still somebody who cares and is willing to listen
Parting Shot – 24:50
As you journey through life, you’ll be presented with countless opportunities that can potentially change your life. The general mindset among young people is that opportunities will always come, no matter how long it takes. However, that is not always the truth. Sometimes opportunities come once, and they’re gone. If one door opens no matter where you are in life, please take it and make sure you make the most of it.
Dr. T’Airra Belcher is a Virginia native now residing in Louisiana. In addition to working in the Counseling Department at Loyola University New Orleans she also provides mental health services at a private practice. Dr. Belcher has a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision and a MSEd in Clinical Mental Health from Old Dominion University with a BA in psychology from James Madison University.
Dr. Belcher is currently launching a podcast called We’re A.I.G.H.T. which is focused on taking ACTION, promoting INTEGRITY, encouraging GRACE and HEALTH through TRANSPARENCY. Join me and friends, family, and colleagues to discuss the realities of the negative information we have received over the years and now we will discuss new information that is inline with We’re A.I.G.H.T.! Connect with Dr. T’Airra Belcher on LinkedIn.