Stereotypes Essay

1007 Words Feb 19th, 2014 5 Pages
RUNNING HEADER: Stereotypes 1

Stereotypes Throughout My Life
John Doe
Dr. Dolittle

Stereotypes 2
Stereotypes Throughout My Life
Stereotyping has always been a part of human nature. Stereotyping is preconceived opinion of a person or group of people based on an oversimplified conception, opinion, or image. The reasons for this belief are numerous ranging from self preservation to prejudice. For instance, if someone encounters an individual wearing gang colors and gang related attire the perspective of that person might be that they are dangerous, involved in illegal activity, or an outcast from main stream society. In reality, this person may only be wearing matching
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My superiors assumed because of my military background that I had experience in this field. However, as my background specialty was in nuclear, biological, and chemical warfare I did not. As a result, my work performance was not as efficient as expected. This placed undue pressure on me. Consequently, my supervisor was displeased with my performance. This resulted in me, my supervisor, and our company being negatively impacted by this stereotype.
While some of these traits or qualities may be true for some people who serve or have served in the military, it is not true of all of them. This fallacy is a hasty generalization that typifies all military as being the same. There are several mistakes in this stereotype because if it were true, all people who serve in the military would behave in exactly the same manner. There are numerous personnel, despite the establishment’s design, who retain various traits of individualism unassociated with the generalized military stereotype. Furthermore, the separate military branches attract different types of people to perform a variety of different purposes. Their reasons for joining vary from adventure, combat skills, higher education, on the job training, and countless others. By this fact alone, it is evident that not all military people fit one particular stereotype.
People, who do not have college degrees, or a higher level of

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