The Longing to Belong


Yasmine Wahab

This article stems from my lifelong question of what makes us belong. Do we belong to a place, to people? What is the bone marrow of our identity, our self concept? And how is the development of this self concept affected if our ethnic/social identity is multi-layered in the case of 'third culture kids' or 'global nomads' who have spent a significant part of their developmental years in a foreign country. And how can this interior view that our clients have of themselves be effectively addressed when presented as a vulnerability in therapy. I wrote this article in 2010 as part of my qualification for the Graduate Diploma in Emotion Focused Therapy because while it may be easy to identify the richness that diversity brings, the shadow experience of global mobility and 'being both' can often be left unexplored. 

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