We all see the world a little differently. Our personal experiences and attitudes often filter what we see, hear, and imagine. All of us have slightly different filters, which helps us to make sense of the world. Nonetheless, our perceptions are never exactly like anyone else’s.
Click on this link to watch a few videos to see how easy it is for people to make assumptions and judge others too quickly: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DadIBPZVaNE&feature=youtu.be
Now, let’s consider stereotypes. A stereotype is an often unfair and untrue belief that many people have about all people or things with a particular characteristic. Too often we stereotype others because of our personal beliefs, experiences, and attitudes. Actually, some of us have been a victim of stereotypes, placed on us by others with whom we’ve never met. Considering the list of 4 types of people below, what is your first perception of them? What personal stereotypes have you formed about them or what stereotypes have you heard others say? Have you been a victim of any of these stereotypes? How has your communication with these people been affected due to these stereotypes?
3. OLD PEOPLE
Note: Most of us have been stereotyped because of our race and ethnicity. However, for the sake of this Discussion Board, in your responses please try to keep your focus on just the groups of people mentioned above, instead of your experiences with race and ethnicity.