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Abstract European Americans believe that they are the superior race to every other race They persist in attempts to control and conquer all that exist on this earth Their influence on the African American psyche is of interest to the current investigation This ideology could influence four personality dimensions for example inferiority dependence helplessness and self-hate Experimental research is utilized in this project to test a sample of the African American population from the inner city on perception The sample will be a group of two hundred participants both female and male whom are between the ages of eighteen to thirty Field research and questionnaires will be utilized It is predicted that European Americans negative perception of African Americans related to African Americans perception of themselves The Impact of European Americans perception and influence On the African American psyche in American Society Foremost perception is the process by which sensory stimulation is organized into usable experience which are commonly called percepts Percepts are acquired by past experiences which become organized and assist in and individuals present perception Therefore it would not be difficult for a person to perceive themselves and other things according to prior knowledge history and experiences According to the classical theory of perception advanced by the German physiologist and physicist Herman Ludwig Ferdinand von Helmholtz depth perception is a result of an individuals ability continually to synthesize past experience and current sensory cues Encarta 96 In addition perception allows an individual to recall past experiences in the present with the assistance of some type of sensory stimuli that connects the past with the present Significantly self-concept and self-esteem play major roles in the personality dimensions of the African American Self-concept and self-esteem can be interchangable Foremost self-concept means the totality of the individuals thought and feelings having reference to self as an object Rosenberg 1979 It is adopting the attitudes of others toward the self In turn the
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