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Stereotyping And Its Negative Health Effects

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No one chooses to be stereotyped or categorized under a specific title, and no one wants to be the victim of an unfair judgment. Despite those statements, people stereotype others like it is their personal right to label another human being. We all know that its true and we all do it. Everyone in our society makes judgments on people they barely know; sizing up the way they walk, listening to how they talk, and noticing the clothes they wear. It doesn’t take long to pinpoint who we perceive as the less fortunate person wandering the streets, or the lush beauty surrounded by friends and paparazzi who constantly longs for attention. When a person creates a stigma—a disgrace or shameful name to something or someone who is regarded as socially unacceptable—they do not realize the seed that they have planted. When generating such a seemingly harmless idea, most people have no idea how they could or already have impacted a person’s life by potentially lowering their self-esteem, reducing work habits, or even dropping their health. When stereotyping someone, you need to take into account the damage you could be causing them. Stereotyping is a cruel way to base opinions on people because it can negatively affect their physical and mental health.
By stereotyping someone you take away their sense of self being and isolate them into new category. As humans, we can’t survive off of isolation, and we need to feel compassion and belonging in order to live. As evidence of that concept, in the movie, “The Castaway,” Tom Hanks played the main role as a man who becomes plane wrecked on a deserted island and left alone with no other companionship besides a volleyball. Throughout the movie, Hanks goes through many changes that affect his physical and mental state of mind; gradually making him lose his wits. This same principle—with the lack of such extremity—relates to how people feel when they become isolated in their own society. If someone
believes that no one around is there to encourage them with either love or support,
they often revert to physical and mental abuse in order to get attention in some other way.
While most people try to selectively choose what they want to hear, they get caught up hearing what they do not wish to believe. It is statistically proven by Joshua Aronson and his colleagues at New York University that “stereotypes interfere with academic performance.” In other words, if you were to tell a girl she is bad at math because you are stereotyping her abilities as a female, probability shows that she will more than likely not do as well on a math test than a male would. If someone had not pegged that girl as a poor math student and hadn’t negatively influenced her capabilities, she would have had higher self-esteem levels before taking the test, which would have improved her test score. The same principle would apply if you stereotyped someone to be “weird” or “insecure;” after a while they will start to believe what you’re saying...

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