Being awake to being “woke”

In today’s rapidly changing world, it can sometimes be difficult to keep up with the changes and differences around woke, In my therapy practice I hear confusion and passion around this subject.  I think it is important to wake up to what being woke is.  Becoming woke encompasses not just awareness but also a deep understanding of various social issues and problems that disproportionately impact marginalised communities. It signifies adopting a mindset that actively recognises systemic oppression and seeks to combat it. The following are some of the positive focuses woke:

1. Promoting empathy and understanding:  Woke focuses on empathising with the struggles faced by different individuals and communities, allowing communities to develop better relationships and foster mutual respect.

2. Encouraging informed decision-making: By staying informed about the broader cultural, societal, and political contexts of our world, being woke focuses on making more informed decisions in both personal and professional lives.

3. Fostering inclusive environments: Creating inclusive spaces requires acknowledging diversity and respecting the experiences of all people. Becoming woke encourages working towards establishing such environments.

4. Empowering change-makers: The goal of a woke mindset is equip people with the knowledge and motivation necessary to advocate for the rights of marginalised groups and challenge oppressive systems.

5. Facilitating meaningful conversations: Woke works to enable a more productive discussions around social issues, fostering open-mindedness and setting the stage for positive change.

 “woke,” can play a role in creating a more equitable, fair, and inclusive society where everyone has an equal opportunity to thrive. However, there are potential downsides to woke culture as-well when it comes to youth identity formation. For one, it can create an environment where certain beliefs or opinions are seen as unquestionable, leading to pressures for conformity. This may hamper young people’s ability to explore different viewpoints and develop their own beliefs.

Additionally, the emphasis on social issues can sometimes overshadow other important aspects of personal identity, such as talents or interests. Young people might feel they’re required to focus solely on their woke ideologies rather than pursuing their passions or exploring diverse elements that contribute to a well-rounded sense of self.Woke culture presents both opportunities and challenges for youth identity formation. While it encourages empathy and inclusivity, it may also impose constraints on intellectual freedom and personal development. Ultimately, a balanced approach where individuals are encouraged to engage with social issues while also pursuing their unique interests is crucial for promoting healthy identity formation among youth.  I believe there is an important message around “woke” but it is important that everyone has an open mind.