Think you know what stereotypes are? If you're relying on definitions from mainstream dictionaries, you're probably, well... guilty of stereotyping. But don't worry. That might not be a bad thing.
Here's the definition from Webster.com:
definition clearly reflects the popular perception of stereotypes as
inaccurate and negative overgeneralizations. The only problem is that
this popular perception, much like the image below is mostly inaccurate.
"a standardized mental picture that is held in common by members of a group and that represents an oversimplified opinion, prejudiced attitude, or uncritical judgment"
illustration by Allan Lorde by Allan Lorde
Sure, there are people like
the follow in the cartoon, but most of us who have stereotypical
thoughts (which is to say, all of us) have very different notions of
groups we stereotype than the stereotyped stereotype-holder above. I wrote up the specifics for an edited book on race and ethnicity, but only have permission to post it on my Psychology Today blog.
Please click here to read the full article.
Mikhail Lyubansky, Ph.D., is a member of the teaching faculty in the Department of Psychology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where he teaches Psychology of Race and Ethnicity, Theories of Psychotherapy, and a graduate-level restorative justice practicum based at a youth detention center. An autobiographical essay of Mikhail's interests in race relations and basketball is available here.
Since 2009, Mikhail has been learning, facilitating, evaluating, and supporting others in the U.S. in learning about Restorative Circles, a restorative practice developed in Brazil by Dominic Barter and associates. In addition to conflict and restorative practices, Mikhail also has a long-standing interest (going back about 20 years) in race and (more...)
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