The effects of stereotyping

By M.Farouk Radwan, MSc.

The effects of stereotyping

What are the effects of stereotyping?
In my previous article Why is gossip bad i explained how stereotyping can result in expecting people to act in a certain way and in eliminating all clues that shows that they are different than the stereotypes we have set for them.

For example if you were told that someone is bad tempered then most probably under the effect of that stereotype you will ignore all of his calm moments and only focus on the times he loses his temper and thus prove your assumptions true.

That's how the mind works, we don't just depend on external inputs to form beliefs but we selectively collect certain clues that proves our assumptions, beliefs and stereotyping true!!

But do you know that stereotyping can affect you the other way around?
Do you know that the act of labeling other people can affect your own behavior negatively without noticing?

Let me tell you how stereotyping can affect you badly too.

How stereotyping affects you!!

A recent research has shown that men perform poorly and have slower mental processing after seeing pictures of blond women!!

The research states that because of the famous stereotype of believing that blond women are less intelligent people have who believe in that stereotype act less intelligently in the company of blond women!!

Another research has shown that people move slowly and act more calmly around old people. Its as if humans mirror those whom they come in contact with and so the stereotypes they initially set backfires at them!!

One possible explanation for that effect could be that we unconsciously want to be accepted by all people and so we mirror them whenever we come in contact with them.

Now if you were labeling blonds with the "dumb" label then there is a very big possibility that you will reflect back some of this dumbness to be accepted!!

Beware of stereotyping

If you think in term of labels then you will hardly escape Labeling yourself and once you start thinking that way you will lose your self confidence in no time.

In the Solid Self confidence program i explained how some people lack confidence because of the labels they have formed about themselves in their past. Again that's another way stereotyping can hurt you before hurting others.

I know that's easier said than done but hopefully becoming aware of the dangers of stereotyping will motivate you to rethink the way you look at people who are different than you.

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