When you see something on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Snapchat, don’t let it go unnoticed.
But how do you know when you’ve caught microaggressions, a term coined by psychologist Amanda Taub to describe “micro-injurious” behavior that’s difficult to define or explain?
Taub’s book, “Microaggressors: An Insider’s Guide to Understanding the Psychology of Micro-injury,” lays out a list of microagressions and offers tips for avoiding them.
Taub says microagression is not a conscious or subconscious act, but it happens to everyone who is sensitive to certain microagregations.
“I think a lot of the people who are not aware of microaggression are very easily triggered by things that others see, or that they hear, and they assume they are OK,” Taub said.
Tauba, a psychology professor at the University of Chicago, uses a number of examples to illustrate her point.
One example is someone who looks at a photo of herself and feels a slight pressure.
If someone does the same to someone else, the person can be considered microaggressed.
“They don’t have a strong emotional attachment to their image and the only way to know that is to actually look at it,” Tauba said.
Microaggression is also a term for someone who is hurt by something someone says, or something someone does to them.
“We often hear, ‘I’m being hurt by this person,'” Taub told Healthline.
“If that’s not true, then we need to know if there’s something we can do about it.”
For example, Taub uses the example of someone who sees a photo and feels pressure in their eyes.
When they see someone else’s photo, they’re probably not microaggressing, Tauba explained.
Taubes research found that microaggressions happen more often when someone feels pressured to show off or to look good.
The term is also commonly used to describe people who don’t want to be judged or criticized.
But Taub also pointed out that it’s not always obvious what constitutes microagressive behavior.
“In terms of what it means to be microaggressive, I think there are different ways to think about it,” she said.
“You can be a little bit microaggressive, but I think most people would say that they aren’t.”
Taub stresses that people need to think carefully about whether they’re being microaggressive or not.
Taube said that a microaggresion can be triggered by many things, but one of the most important is someone using an offensive word, a person who is too loud, or someone who says something too often.
Tauben said people can also be microagressed if they’re having trouble focusing or when they are angry.
“Microaggression happens to people in the world,” Tauben told Healthlines.
“It happens to women and men.
And it happens more to women than men.
We see it all the time.”