Prof. Claude-Hélène Mayer — Navigating Multiracial Love at Christmas | Reloscope #42

In this episode, host Marie Stella is joined by Prof. Claude-Hélène Mayer, an industrial and organizational psychologist at the University of Johannesburg

The holiday season brings opportunities for joy, new customs, and cherished family gatherings, yet it can also stir up complex emotions, especially for multiracial couples. Prof. Claude-Hélène Mayer emphasizes the importance of open dialogue before significant events like Christmas, which can apply to broader aspects of life. Tune in for Prof. Claude’s wisdom and practical advice that honors both partners’ backgrounds.

Meet Prof. Claude-Hélène Mayer

Prof. Claude-Hélène Mayer is an industrial and organizational psychologist with expertise in mental health, work, and organizational psychology. She integrates coaching, therapy, counseling, and mediation, serving corporate and individual clients. 

Initially focused on conflict resolution in companies, her career shifted towards coaching professionals internationally and providing therapeutic support to individuals in crisis. She employs systemic family therapy, Jungian psychology, dream analysis, shadow work, active imagination, and hypnosis.

Focusing on positive existential therapy, she explores questions of vision and meaning in life and work. Proficient in English and German, she specializes in the challenges of intercultural living.

About the episode

In this insightful episode of Reloscope, Prof.  Claude-Hélène Mayer explores the intricacies of multiracial relationships, highlighting differences in values, rituals, and communication styles. The discussion extends to the complexities of celebrating festive seasons together, which can be enriching and exhausting for multiracial couples.

Prof. Claude-Hélène offers advice on approaching open and constructive discussions about expectations for celebrating festive seasons within a relationship. She emphasizes the importance of communication and openness. She recommends seeking external guidance to navigate differences in cultural expectations.

Prof. Claude-Hélène highlights the significance of maintaining a positive and open attitude toward learning about each other’s backgrounds. The goal is to create a shared understanding and appreciation of each other’s heritage. 

Prof. Claude-Hélène emphasizes the significance of integrating families into celebrations, considering cultural differences and expectations. She highlights the importance of mental health in maintaining strong relationships. Professor Claude-Hélène encourages proactive dialogue to address stressors and maintain mental well-being.

The conversation delves into key principles of cross-cultural psychology that can aid individuals in multiracial relationships in understanding emotional complexities. Professor Claude-Hélène emphasizes the importance of self-awareness and open communication about emotions. She advises balancing emotional demands during family gatherings.

In conclusion

In this episode, the complexities of multiracial relationships, particularly in navigating shared celebrations, are thoughtfully explored. Prof. Claude-Hélène’s insights underscore the vital role of communication, openness, and seeking external guidance to bridge cultural differences effectively. By embracing the principles of cross-cultural psychology, individuals in multiracial relationships can navigate emotional complexities with greater self-awareness and dialogue.

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