Negative Effects of Stereotypes

Stereotyping refers to an oversimplified attitude that people hold toward individuals outside one’s experience. Those who foster stereotypical values believe that they are different or rather superior to others. As such, a stereotype is a belief that a person belongs to a particular group based on particular characteristics. The beliefs may or may not reflect reality. Notably, racial profiling, sex age, religion, sexual orientation and physical ability are among various categories, which exist in stereotyping. The most predominant and controversial forms of stereotyping are sex and race. Accordingly, this paper looks into various negative effects of stereotyping and labelling.

Negative Effects

There are many negatives effects that stereotyping causes in people. Among such negative effects, include harm, health problems and poor performance in different activities. The effects of stereotypes last for long. Equally, good stereotypes are also harmful, cause new problems, and have worse effects as many individuals fail to recognize their adverse effects, which may foster sexism and racism hence causing prejudgment. We can face stereotypes in our everyday life and often fail to recognize them. Besides, stereotypes create a misconception of how people are as well as how they live in other cultures, countries or religions. The misconceptions, in turn, could cause problems such as discrimination hence affect the operation of multicultural society.

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