A Critical Discussion of the Psychological Explanations of Prejudice

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A Critical Discussion of the Psychological Explanations of Prejudice

Gordon Allport described prejudice as “aversive or hostile attitude toward a person who belongs to a group, simply because he belongs to that group, and is therefore presumed to have the objectionable qualities ascribed to that group”. Prejudice is assuming things about a person putting them into a group. The aim of this essay is discuss the attempts to reduce prejudice and explain how successful they have been. In this essay, it is prejudice in the form of racism and prejudice against homosexuals that I will use

It is important that we know what discrimination means. Discrimination is very similar to prejudice, rather than
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Prejudice explained psychologically can be a self-fulfilling prophecy, this is when you believe something to be true and consequently make it true. There has been an experiment, carried out by Robert Rosenthal and Lenore Jacobson (1968). In this experiment, the men told a teacher that there were certain children in her class who were going to be intellectual late starters. Over time, the teacher was marking these children up and believing that this improvement was happening, even though it was random how the children were picked. Another interesting aspect from this study was that the children who were the intellectual ones but were not brought to her attention did not get improved grades or even noticed by the teacher at all.

The last psychological explanation about prejudice is that of familial inheritance. Familial inheritance is the enforcing of stereotypes that parents may have in their households and then pass to their children, such as men do not do any housework, or the bigoted father who socialises his children to think the same.

As mentioned above in the introduction the two aspects of prejudice and discrimination in this essay are racism and homosexuals. Racism is discrimination against for the reason of a person’s race. Racism and discrimination have always been around; it is more prominent in countries such as America and the UK where

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