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20/20: Stereotyping

20/20: Stereotyping

Is it human nature to stereotype?

by Jewlarious.com Staff

Published: May 17, 2008


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Visitor Comments: 13

(12) charles bloom, January 17, 2013 12:18 AM

INDIVIDUALITY IS A GREAT THING

CONFORMITY IS A DANGEROUS HABIT.

(11) Adrienne, June 2, 2008 2:14 PM

value of laughter

The value of laughing at stereotypes is
that we recognize their untruth. Laughing is more like scoffing at them but it is also recognizing good naturedly that there are harmful elements to them that need to be voiced in order to diffuse the tension they create. However, there are those who honestly believe stereotypes and they may use them to reinforce their hatred of all that is different from themselves. I think the bottom line here is intention, hateful or jovial and therefore ironic.

Chai, May 31, 2013 2:57 AM

Be true to yourself

Stereotypes are a logical, natural thought process that is essential to human survival. To walk over to a large imposing black man in Bed-Sty is unintelligent, and if that is considered racist, so be it. Its those who make false stereotypes who are using this natural tendency of "CATEGORIZATION" wrongly. But that doesn't make it inherently wrong.

(10) Glen, May 29, 2008 12:09 PM

They work

People have a tendency to generalize because those generalizations serve a purpose. It is one of the ways we think. Rudolf Flesch in 1952 book "The Art of Clear Thinking" talks about how we form concepts. Usually it is a reflection of social and family environment. Take for instance the concept of "dog" as Flesch talks about in his book. The concept of dog is not only a generalization but it is a stereotype. Stereotypes are generalizations. All concepts are generalizations and therefore stereotypes.

Some are good and some bad. The reason that people use them is because they work on some level for some reason. It is the underlying assumptions that can be harmful. The "bad" stereotypes are those that don''t work except to make one look superior and the other look inferior. Without concepts (stereotypes) we would have a much harder time communicating. Using generalization with some specificity is helpful in any communication but some communication can be hurtful. Hurtful communication that is a statement as fact without the possibility of change is bad stereotyping.

Glen

(9) Anonymous, May 29, 2008 4:17 AM

THINK! OUTSIDE, THE BOX! (sometimes)

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