Break One Prejudice Every Day

Break one prejudice every day

Throughout each day, without our knowledge, we say things that reflect our prejudices against other people, groups, or situations.

The word “prejudice” comes from the Latin, the word “praeiudicium,” which means “earlier judgment”. Thus, prejudice is the pre-judgment of people or things without realizing it.

“Prejudice is a child of ignorance.”

– William Hazlitt –

Prejudice is a habit of becoming negative about something or someone and is usually general. Prejudice has two consequences:

  • We develop a model in our minds that organizes information incorrectly
  • It produces not only negative reviews but also negative emotions

There are many different types of prejudices: religious, political, racial, gender, etc. However, we can highlight two main types:

Social prejudices

These arise from differences in social status and the need to justify and maintain these differences.

Social prejudices make someone believe that a man in a suit and tie is more trustworthy than someone who looks poor. This information remains in our brains, whether true or not.

Racial prejudices

These are based on people’s skin color.

 A group of psychologists from New York University, led by Elisabeth Phelps, conducted a study that found that many people make decisions based on subconscious racial prejudices.

The study asked 50 different people with different racial backgrounds to evaluate the reliability of different individuals based on the photographs. They rated more than 300 photos numbered 1-9.

They found that people’s apparent reliability was based on their race. These subconscious prejudices, Phelps said, play a role when we quickly judge an unknown person about whom we don’t have much knowledge.

Features of prejudice

All prejudices have the following characteristics:

They have detrimental effects

They are estimates of different groups of people based on insufficient or incomplete information. Sometimes prejudices remain in spite of all the necessary information.

They are resistant to change

Prejudices are very difficult to eliminate because people believe they are true. This sense of security prevents change.

Break one prejudice every day!

A good recipe for survival and happiness is to break one prejudice every day.

open your mind

How can you do this? Here are some tips:

Get to know people over time

Before you say or think something about a person, get to know him or her well over time to find out who he or she is. He may surprise you positively if you give him a chance. You often learn more about differences than similarities.

Don’t do anything to others that you wouldn’t want to do for you

If you don’t like people criticizing you for no reason or without knowing you, don’t do it to them either. Respect others in the same way you would like them to respect you.

Develop your empathy skills

Think about how the other person feels and put yourself in his place. We don’t know what life has done for other people, and we often draw conclusions without knowing enough. Listen carefully and enjoy the opportunity to understand and get to know other people.

Find out your prejudices and promise to change

Think about what you think about people who belong to certain groups or represent a certain race and promise yourself to change.

Appreciate diversity and learn about differences

Diversity is enriching. The more different people you know, the more perspectives you have and the more ideas they bring to topics you may not have known, or didn’t know very much about.

Accept the differences

It’s impossible to understand and share everything, because each group has its own ways, but maybe someone else from a different group doesn’t understand your ways. You don’t always have to understand the differences, you just have to accept them.

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