Stereotype (Psychology)

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  • A belief that individuals who belong to a certain group have certain characteristics because they belong to that group. For example, gender stereotypes tend to associate certain characteristics with a person depending on whether the person is male or female. Women are assumed to be emotional and illogical, while men are assumed to be unemotional and logical. Ethnic stereotypes assume that people have certain characteristics because they are of a certain ethnicity. For example, Germans are assumed to be organized, the Scottish to be frugal, and the Irish to drink a lot. Occupational stereotypes assume that people have certain characteristics because they belong to certain occupational groups. For example, accountants are perceived as dull, IT people are seen as nerdy, and artists are seen ...

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