Science and Values
Stereotyping refers to an exaggerated image, belief and a distorted truth regarding a group or a person. Stereotyping is also a generalization that allows individuals to have different social variations in their lives. Bias is the inclination to hold an incomplete perspective at the disbursement of alternatives. Most of the stereotyping is based on social media and bias that is passed on by friends, parents and some members of the society. Stereotype can either be negative or positive. In relation to the article by Bargh decision making always occurs without people giving much conscious thought on how they usually vote, on what they buy on how they negotiate for their choices of life and finally where they attend their vacation. On the other hand, bias comes in several forms where the observer can have some effects identified through the cognitive science.
One of the theory stated on stereotype is that it is difficult always difficult to take the complexity of another individual. Stereotyping helps one to organize large blocks of information efficiently. Every human being has the ability to categorize issues which enables us to simplify things, organize and predict events in our world. After organizing and sorting things into small categories one is always able to avoid new processes and information about other people. Assigning of group characteristics helps the members of a certain group to save time and satisfy their needs in the social world through a general sense. In the article by Bargh, the author argues that stereotyp...
ing might occur from what the social psychologists call group dynamics. Individual identities are attached to ourselves through our race and class.
Everyone wants to feel good about the group that one belongs to and the best way to do this is to denigrate the people who are not in it. Stereotyping bred in our bones. According to Bargh, even if one to apply general truth in stereotyping there is still a need to apply some generalization regarding a group of people. Stereotyping can also result to both positive and negative effects on people. According to Bargh stereotyping has major effects on women and the African Americans. He argues that the psychological research has revealed that capability can be responsible of the situation of interaction with other people.
Such a process of interaction can be an unconscious process that affect the plan of the lives of people for a better reason. Sometimes automatic judgment can be necessary for dodging an oncoming bus. In his article, Bargh states that the behavior that is governed by unconsciousness can embed the attitude of a person and go below the level of awareness that will shape most of our attitude towards other people. Most people also believe that there is an innate ability of bias. The effects of bias are not only limited to a minority group of people. In an aim to test on this issue, a group of white male students was asked to undertake a mathematic competent test. Most of the mathematics students took a different test. The test was done to show why the Asians were scoring better. This group howeve
performed worse than the control group. Some of the stereotypes people encounter into their daily life include gender, body odors, race, dress code, education level, and complexion, diet and language.
Most people react to different behaviors based on their cultural norms today. It is important to learn that the characteristic of an individual can create a bad impression that can bias the mental picture of the person.
- Gender Stereotypes
- Social Media Negative Effects
- Emile Durkheim
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