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Anguish Has an Answer

Cheryl Green (Southern Connecticut State University School of Nursing, USA)

Social Justice Case Studies

ISBN: 978-1-80455-747-1, eISBN: 978-1-80455-746-4

Publication date: 9 February 2023


The pain of discrimination is real for those who experience it. To overcome isolation and being treated as if limited in intelligence and worth, perseverance is the only solution to survive and continue on. Anguish emerges despite efforts to self-protect with anger and verbalized frustrations. The affected person must make the decision to forgive, give themselves permission to have a voice, or cower in anguish that eventually translates into clinical depression as multiple traumas, and microaggressions cloud logical thinking and actions. The subtle evolution of anguish that has existed for several years is observed in persons who have not dealt with their sustained maltreatment from others. The key to overcoming anguish is to intentionally forgive those who have intended harm, thereby relinquishing one's own anger and frustration.


Green, C. (2023), "Anguish Has an Answer", Social Justice Case Studies, Emerald Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. 59-64.



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