Stereotypes And Discrimination Essay

The Effects of Prejudice, Stereotype & Discrimination
Sherry H. Priester
Psy 301: Social Psychology
Dr. Nekita Fuller
June 22, 2015

Prejudice, stereotypes and discrimination has existed in our world for a long time. These types of practices are used to prove what group is more superior among over another group or an individual (Feenstra, 2013). Today we live in a very cultural and ethnically world that embraces our differences. Because of the different beliefs and social practices that are not considered socially acceptable, people are sometimes discriminated against (Feenstra, 2013). Stereotypes, prejudice and discrimination are similar, but yet very different (Fiske, 2010). The majority of everyone have experience some type
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Many of us think of prejudice as being race or sexual related, but prejudice can be something as simple as being prejudice against a certain clothing stores or a certain color. There are many different stereotypes. Some of which are positive and some that are negative. The term that I can relate to the most is stereotype because people are stereotyped on a daily basis. For example, some people stereotype poor people saying that people are poor because they are lazy. There are no facts to support this statement, this is merely an assumption or what a person believes. According to our text “there are many factors that are responsible for prejudice, discrimination, and stereotypes and one group of factors relates to how we cognitively process our information” (Feenstra, 2013). Feenstra states that our processes leads to generalization about people without taking into account the uniqueness of the individual (Feenstra, 2013). There are many consequence of discrimination and stereotyping. Discrimination and stereotyping can cause people to be angry, people are likely to be aggressive after dealing with prejudice. Prejudice has a great influence on what people expect from the future and how they feel about their chances for improving themselves (Amodio & Devine, …show more content…
By learning the norms of a groups social context, people form negative attitudes. Social norms are unwritten rules about how a group or individual should behave (Amodio & Devine, 2006). Social norms gives us expectation of how people in a certain group should behave and these groups can range from work groups to friendship group (Amodio & Devine, 2006). Norms defines behavior for every social group. For example, kids in school are aware of the norms that governs their behavior. I don’t believe that our society could function without social norms, because we as humans need norms to direct our behavior and provide order in our relationships to help us understand each other’s actions (Feenstra,

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