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Why do people stereotype and generalize ?

 
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Why do people stereotype and generalize ?
When NO ONE has met and interviewed every person from every walk of life. So why generalize and stereotype ?
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Re: Why do people stereotype and generalize ?
Because it's easier... people are tards, every single one of them. You and me as well. We're all tards.
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Re: Why do people stereotype and generalize ?
Because life is easier that way. When you do that, you're saved from emotional burden
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Re: Why do people stereotype and generalize ?
Cognition is sensory based, and often times the brain must make decisions without enough information. The brain relies on past experience,internal models, and what lies within the 'hard wiring' of the mind to make decisions.

My own personal theory is that the ego is a projection of the 'id' level me first survival center, and the 'hivemind' layer of community thinking...

Like this... a young boy sees a table of cookes, the id says eat them all!....and he does, and is scolded by his grandmother because he did not share.


The same boy as a young man sees a table of cookies, id says eat them all, but he remembers his grandmother and has the if I eat all these cookies, everyone will be mad at me moment, and decides to instead eat one or a couple at most.

That is a decision matrix between two forces in your brain, and the result of that contest is presented to you in real time as an ego based wise choice...but that choice is an illusion, and the actual decision was made behind the scenes so to speak.


In regards to stereotypes. We perceive the world of ideas through boxes, or what I call idea containers. These containers aren't the ideas themselves, but what our brain places them in, in order to process massive amounts of data. To the point, that the human mind actually very rarely deals with the reality of the ideas, but just their very own containers.

We treat people in the same fashion. Our brain processes all the sensory data a person presents, and that data is used to conjure our shortcut boxes in order to classify what is in front of us. And in so doing, we very rarely deal with what is actually in front of us.

Evolutionary speaking this is a great gift, for instance you perceive a snake or tiger...who cares if it was just a stick in shadow, or a strange looking bush in the corner of the eye, the threat alone is worth a response, and if it triggered your snake or tiger container, so be it.

But in a civilized environment, we still rely on containers to our detriment. We often times don't see threats because they are disguised in boxes we use for safe things, and we see threats where there are none, because we conjure boxes of predators, instead of analyzing what is actually in front of us.

The key to deep thinking, is to use pattern recognition as a stepping stone, not as the bookend to decision making. We have to learn to look beyond the box and to the ideas contained within.
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Re: Why do people stereotype and generalize ?
Stereotypes and generalisations are derived from seeing the same behaviour repeated many times over creating those stereotypes and generalisations.

Like it or not but they come from somewhere not nowhere.

However generalising or stereotyping someone is very different from where the derive from.
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Re: Why do people stereotype and generalize ?
Without the ability to generalize, every day would be filled with learning the same thing over and over.

Example: When I learned what a car was, I generalized that other things that look and move and sound like cars are also cars. Otherwise I'd have to relearn what a car is every time I saw one.

Every day would be Groundhog Day.
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Re: Why do people stereotype and generalize ?
Because they were conditioned to do so.
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Re: Why do people stereotype and generalize ?
Because look at the definition of crazy
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Re: Why do people stereotype and generalize ?
Because it works
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06/05/2016 02:45 PM
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Re: Why do people stereotype and generalize ?
I use to get angry when my son did this, until I realized that most of the time, he was right. We loved in Ohio and mixed neighborhoods...I tried to raise my kids tolerant of all races, but when certain people, of a certain race, continued to treat us bad, it was time for me to realize that most stereotypes are true....not all, but most. We moved to a rural, southern area and now we are discovering that hillbilly, redneck stereotypes are also true. Lol. I, personally, try to give each person equal respect and love, no matter what color they are, unless they prove to me they are , in fact, like my son says. I can say this, I tend to side with you, but he's been right more often than I have...
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Re: Why do people stereotype and generalize ?
Why do people stay out of the water after a shark attack?
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Re: Why do people stereotype and generalize ?
Cognition is sensory based, and often times the brain must make decisions without enough information. The brain relies on past experience,internal models, and what lies within the 'hard wiring' of the mind to make decisions.

My own personal theory is that the ego is a projection of the 'id' level me first survival center, and the 'hivemind' layer of community thinking...

Like this... a young boy sees a table of cookes, the id says eat them all!....and he does, and is scolded by his grandmother because he did not share.


The same boy as a young man sees a table of cookies, id says eat them all, but he remembers his grandmother and has the if I eat all these cookies, everyone will be mad at me moment, and decides to instead eat one or a couple at most.

That is a decision matrix between two forces in your brain, and the result of that contest is presented to you in real time as an ego based wise choice...but that choice is an illusion, and the actual decision was made behind the scenes so to speak.


In regards to stereotypes. We perceive the world of ideas through boxes, or what I call idea containers. These containers aren't the ideas themselves, but what our brain places them in, in order to process massive amounts of data. To the point, that the human mind actually very rarely deals with the reality of the ideas, but just their very own containers.

We treat people in the same fashion. Our brain processes all the sensory data a person presents, and that data is used to conjure our shortcut boxes in order to classify what is in front of us. And in so doing, we very rarely deal with what is actually in front of us.

Evolutionary speaking this is a great gift, for instance you perceive a snake or tiger...who cares if it was just a stick in shadow, or a strange looking bush in the corner of the eye, the threat alone is worth a response, and if it triggered your snake or tiger container, so be it.

But in a civilized environment, we still rely on containers to our detriment. We often times don't see threats because they are disguised in boxes we use for safe things, and we see threats where there are none, because we conjure boxes of predators, instead of analyzing what is actually in front of us.

The key to deep thinking, is to use pattern recognition as a stepping stone, not as the bookend to decision making. We have to learn to look beyond the box and to the ideas contained within.
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Very, very nice explanation
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Re: Why do people stereotype and generalize ?
When NO ONE has met and interviewed every person from every walk of life. So why generalize and stereotype ?
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When someone is not interested in getting to know themselves? ~ Then they are not interested in getting to know others. ~ Thus one simply makes up stories about others... or believes Generalizations about others!

They simply are unaware of something called individuality... so they think in groups ( This is the hive mind mentality ) ~ They have yet to discover that they themselves... are a unique individual... they strictly identify themselves as part of a group.... They are incapable of seeing others... as individuals... they only see groups!

Peace...!

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Re: Why do people stereotype and generalize ?
Cognition is sensory based, and often times the brain must make decisions without enough information. The brain relies on past experience,internal models, and what lies within the 'hard wiring' of the mind to make decisions.

My own personal theory is that the ego is a projection of the 'id' level me first survival center, and the 'hivemind' layer of community thinking...

Like this... a young boy sees a table of cookes, the id says eat them all!....and he does, and is scolded by his grandmother because he did not share.


The same boy as a young man sees a table of cookies, id says eat them all, but he remembers his grandmother and has the if I eat all these cookies, everyone will be mad at me moment, and decides to instead eat one or a couple at most.

That is a decision matrix between two forces in your brain, and the result of that contest is presented to you in real time as an ego based wise choice...but that choice is an illusion, and the actual decision was made behind the scenes so to speak.


In regards to stereotypes. We perceive the world of ideas through boxes, or what I call idea containers. These containers aren't the ideas themselves, but what our brain places them in, in order to process massive amounts of data. To the point, that the human mind actually very rarely deals with the reality of the ideas, but just their very own containers.

We treat people in the same fashion. Our brain processes all the sensory data a person presents, and that data is used to conjure our shortcut boxes in order to classify what is in front of us. And in so doing, we very rarely deal with what is actually in front of us.

Evolutionary speaking this is a great gift, for instance you perceive a snake or tiger...who cares if it was just a stick in shadow, or a strange looking bush in the corner of the eye, the threat alone is worth a response, and if it triggered your snake or tiger container, so be it.

But in a civilized environment, we still rely on containers to our detriment. We often times don't see threats because they are disguised in boxes we use for safe things, and we see threats where there are none, because we conjure boxes of predators, instead of analyzing what is actually in front of us.

The key to deep thinking, is to use pattern recognition as a stepping stone, not as the bookend to decision making. We have to learn to look beyond the box and to the ideas contained within.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 12148203


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