Noose Knots: Data Paralysis and Oppressive Psychological Tactics

  • Donald E. Grant Jr.


Noose Knots identifies and illustrates the risk and protective factors in the contemporary ecological systems of each nation (US, UK, France and Canada). This chapter assesses the current behavioral health and mental wellness outcome data (special education, substance abuse, exposure to trauma, employment rates, school attrition rates, incarceration rates, etc.) and links them to ecological risk factors generated by each nation’s participation in the Transatlantic Slave Trade and the colonization of Africa and other territories. An exploration of psychological phenomenon associated with oppressive forces (learned helplessness, stereotype threat, disidentification, self-fulfilling prophecy, racial stress, stigma, bias and access) contextualizes the data presented. This chapter ends by connecting the risk and protective factors to the statistical outcomes illustrated in biological and ecological markers (hair cortisol concentrations, cancer, diabetes, leading causes of death) along with an exploration of the dangers associated with frequent misdiagnoses (ASD, ODD, ADHD, IED and CD) and the etiological practices behind them.


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  • Donald E. Grant Jr.
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  1. 1.Mindful Training SolutionsLos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.Pacific Oaks CollegePasadenaUSA

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