The Pros And Cons Of Prejudice

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1. Prejudice- I learned that prejudice is something that we humans do in order to categorize our world around us. We have to learn how to curb it though because it can easily turn into something that seriously affects our world, even simple little thoughts like “choosy moms chose Jif!” Prejudice doesn’t necessarily mean negative attitude.
2. Stereotyping- This is a oversimplified belief about someone/something. Stereotyping seems to overlap with prejudice but both have their different meanings. Neutral attitudes can help overcome prejudice and stereotyping.
3. Reverse racism isn’t a thing, the people who discriminate and who have the upper hand can’t be discriminated against from the people who they are hurting. We all could benefit from
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Implicit cognition- also what I think of as intuitive, or subconscious- you’re not always directly aware of your implicit thoughts, but you can train yourself out or into another implicit way of thinking.
6. Explicit is more about you conscious, outward thoughts that you are more aware of. Sometimes what we think is true isn’t always the full truth.
7. Right wing authoritarians- these people have a tendency to be very stubborn and prejudice. They have a tendency to think in absolute terms of what they think is right and can be abusive to the people around them and to themselves.
8. Modern racism- some say that modern racism isn’t a thing, but some suggest it’s the newer form of old fashioned racism. People keep their thoughts to themselves, and those prejudice/stereotypical thoughts come out in more subtle ways. Still very harmful and harder to detect.
9. Old fashioned racism- What you’d think of when you think of a blatant racist person. Seems to have gone out of style because people aren’t as accepting but with implicit thoughts still being very much prejudice, the line seems to be blurred between modern racism and old fashioned
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Why we categorize- it is a natural thing, and it’s easy for our brains but it can be very harmful and can make people miss out on a better quality of life if they avoid people because of how that person perceives the target. Again, neutral attitudes seem to help override the initial urge and/or actual stereotyping. Learning everything is a huge mental task, but being aware is the first step.
11. Illusory Correlations- people find correlations where they want them to exist. I personally did this a lot when I was religious- seeing god where I wanted and where I didn’t want to. Can be very difficult to disprove to somebody if you don’t know your facts like the back of your hand unfortunately.
12. Self-esteem- we all have one, and it is difficult to maintain in the earlier segments of your life. People go to great lengths to maintain it and sometimes at the expense of others.
13. Denial of discrimination- something that makes me quite angry. I think this is where microaggressions are a great example. For example, if you feel offended but it wouldn’t be appropriate to call somebody out for what they just said because it seems to tiny, that’s completely valid on your part (to correct them). Happens often, and the person being microaggressive is probably not even aware of there

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