Belinda Campos

Belinda Campos, a professor in the Department of Chicano and Latino Studies at the University of California, Irvine, said among Latinos, specifically Mexican-Americans, there’s a cultural preference to not discuss topics that create conflict. The approach puts an emphasis on expressing emotional positivity and steers away from engaging in conversations that may not be worthwhile. Campos called it a preference for simpatía, or sympathy. “Culturally ideal ways of managing emotion involve putting more emphasis on the positive things and less of an emphasis on the negative things,” Campos said. “That’s not good. It’s not bad. It just is.”

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