Facts about stereotype
Let’s discuss some facts about stereotype. We will also go through a discussion about how stereotypes are threatening and how they affect us.
Stereotype is a set of characteristics people have for a group of other people. Most of the times stereotypes are negative and humiliating. It is a standardized image in the mind that is held by the people for a group of people.
Stereotype meaning according to the Cambridge University
A set of idea that people have about what someone or something is like, especially an idea that is wrong.
Facts about stereotype
1) Stereotype Threat
Stereotyping have a great impact on our performances. Like imagine you are an Asian and you have always been hearing that Asians are really smart and intelligent. So when you attempt a test, this stereotype will help you a lot to score good marks. This is a positive stereotype which helped you in your exam. In this example some stereotype improved your performance. [More about Stereotype Threat ]
The same way it can also affect the performance in a negative way. For example the very famous stereotype about African Americans is that they are never on time and that they are always late. So when an American African is late he does not try to reach on time because he thinks everyone is going to mock him anyway as Africans Americans are always late so there is no use of trying to reach early as he is already late. So my point is stereotype be it a negative one or a positive one. It affects the performances of an individual as well as of a group.
2) We start giving up
At times it becomes really hard to ignore what other people think of you because no matter how great you do people are still going to make you feel bad by repeating the same words you are tired of listening to. You start to give up because you can not change it no matter how hard you try. People give up on big things just because they do not feel appreciated.
3) Stereotyping and bullying
Constantly stereotyping someone can depress them. It can hurt them so bad they start feeling suicidal. It is no less than being bullied.
4) Easy to make snap judgement
Stereotypes help you to judge new people quickly. You can have a quick idea of their personality, what they are like, what they like and what do they do not. It is not necessary the judgement you make is always right.
5) Easy to respond to new people
So now when you have made the judgement, you can easily respond to that individual or a group of individuals. It just means you read them and now you can go accordingly. Because when you meet someone for the first time it is kind of awkward to carry on a conversation.
More than positive, we have negative effects of stereotypes. We do not understand but we unintentionally hurt people when we pass comments on the way they talk, on the way they eat, on the way they dress or on the way they think. We should try to understand not everyone can be like us. We should accept everyone the way they are.
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