A Phenomenological Analysis of the Invisibility Syndrome

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concerning this article should be addressed to Darrick Tovar-Murray, Department of Counseling and Special Education, DePaul University, 2320 North Kenmore Avenue, Schmitt Academic Center, Room 376, Chicago, IL 60614–3250 (e-mail: dtovarmu@depaul.edu).

Abstract

Interpretative phenomenological analysis was used to explore 10 African American men's perceptions of invisibility. Participants perceived invisibility as an extra unwarranted burden that is accompanied by feelings of hopelessness, anxiety, and anger. Participants also coped with invisibility by finding safe havens within the Black community. Implications for counselors are discussed.

Se empleó el análisis interpretativo fenomenológico para explorar las percepciones de invisibilidad de 10 varones Afroamericanos. Los participantes percibían la invisibilidad como una carga extra injustificada que va acompañada de sentimientos de desesperanza, ansiedad y rabia. Los participantes también afrontaban la invisibilidad encontrando refugio entre la comunidad Negra. Se discuten las implicaciones para consejeros.

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