When you speak with another person, do you listen to what you’re saying and really think about the meaning of the words you use?

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Oftentimes, people use microaggressions, or subtle insults, without even realizing it.

“A microaggression is a comment or action that subtly and often unconsciously or unintentionally expresses a prejudiced attitude toward a member of a marginalized group, such as a racial minority,” Dr. Phil explains on Thursday’s episode. “It’s not that you’re trying to offend someone.”

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In the video above, Dr. Phil reviews some common microaggressions. Do you say any of them? And, hear how audience members say microaggressions were directed at them. Can you relate?

On Thursday’s episode of Dr. Phil, Dr. Phil and a panel of experts delve deep into the hot-button topic of “white privilege,” and how it is dividing the country. And, they offer ways to be more proactive to help alleviate the problem. Check here to see where you can watch.

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