Are you prone to stereotyping? One of the things that we teach in anger management is acceptance; How to accept ourselves for the positive and negative traits that we possess, as well as accepting others for their positive and negative traits that they possess. A huge obstacle to learning acceptance is stereotyping. Here's an exercises for you to see if you are prone to stereotyping. Write down the first thoughts that come to your mind. Be honest with yourself about the thoughts. This is an exercise for personal growth; if you don’t tell the truth then you are only hurting yourself. You can write down thoughts, feelings, or any reactions to these groups that you have.
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Review your answers and find the groups that you had trouble with, or rather, stereotyped. Ask yourself why your hold these stereotypes. Where did they come from?The next time that these types of people come to your mind, or are involved in your life, remember that you particularly struggled with this
stereotype and try to get to know them personally. Try to focus on the stereotype that you hold and to change your views about them.
Most of the time we hold stereotypes because we
fear or don’t understand these types of people/cultures/groups. We automatically take what is told to us, through personal interaction or the media, as the truth. It stems from a general lack of understanding of human behaviour.
Sometimes we have had bad run-ins with one person of the stereotyped group, we lose respect for that one person and then we take that as proof of how the group as a whole really is. Try to change your stereotyping ways by accepting each and every person for who they truly are.
I am the founder of The Anger Managers, a clinic that provides court-approved psycho-educational courses and workshops to individuals and corporations