Stereotypes And Inferences Affect Other 's Understanding Of Ourselves

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How do stereotypes and inferences affect other’s understanding of ourselves.

Have you ever guessed anything about someone you didn’t know well? Chances are that we all have. Stereotyping, the simple act of just inferring something about somebody or having prejudice without past knowledge, is immensely common nowadays. The Outsiders, by S.E Hinton is scattered with stereotyping and inferences. When I started reading the book I didn’t notice stereotyping or anything of that sort in the book. After I started reading it, I started to note how stereotyping had crept up everywhere in the book, from the introduction straight to the conclusion. Ultimately, inferences and stereotypes cause people to think about us in another way, basing their thinking on what we look like, what we’re doing, and past experiences with ourselves. As a result, people can change how they view others for the worse due to stereotyping.

What somebody looks like leaves a considerable impression on people. In the book when someone sees a greaser they automatically think, “Greaser! Hood!” because of how they look with their greasy hair and what they wear (S.E Hinton 1967). Whereas on the inside they could be perfectly fair, everybody regards them as a hood because of their looks. This surprises me because as humans, we usually want hard, solid evidence, but here our “evidence” is just what someone looks like. Nobody bothers to actually go and talk to them. In the beginning of The Outsiders The Socs…

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