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Are stereotypes unfairly stereotyped?

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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:

"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"

This 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.


illustration by Allan Lorde
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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. 

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Mikhail Lyubansky, Ph.D., is a teaching associate professor 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 courses on restorative justice. An autobiographical essay of Mikhail's interests in race relations and basketball is available here.

Since 2009, Mikhail has been studying and working with conflict, particularly via Restorative Circles (a restorative practice developed in Brazil by Dominic Barter and associates) and other restorative responses to conflict. Together with Elaine Shpungin, he now supports schools, organizations, and workplaces in developing restorative strategies for engaging conflict, building conflict facilitation skills and evaluating the (more...)
 

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