Pub. date: 2008 | Online Pub. Date: June 25, 2008 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412963978 | Print ISBN: 9781412909280 | Online ISBN: 9781412963978 | Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Laurie D. McCubbin & Sara Bennett
Cultural encapsulation is the lack of understanding, or ignorance, of another's cultural background and the influence this background has on one's current view of the world. The purpose of this encapsulation, or “cocoon,” is to allow people to protect themselves from the rapid global changes occurring in technology, families, economy, education, and social health. Cultural encapsulation can lead to a counselor applying his or her own experiences to the client's experiences despite the reality that both developed in different worlds, cultures, and values. To define one's experience as the truth or reality may result in potentially harming the client, given the possible differences between the counselor and client. Christopher G. Wrenn revisited ...