Diversity Paper

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Diversity Paper James Poteet II How do people behave? What makes us act the way we do? There are as many different answers as there are people. Each person is a unique makeup of individual characteristics which blend together to form the personality, the behavior of the person. We can identify certain broad characteristics of groups of people and apply them to individuals to get an idea of how they will behave in a given situation. This is called stereotyping and, when taken too far, will give a distorted picture of what to expect of a persons behavior. While you can never get a fully accurate picture of how someone will behave based on their demographics and characteristics, you can make certain general guesses that will point…show more content…
If you are attracted to this man in any way, you will find yourself behaving in a fashion that will make you attractive to him. Likewise, the man, if he is at all attracted to you, will behave in ways designed to attract you. In other words, your behavior will be altered in the presence of someone who holds any sexual attraction to you. This explains anomalies in behavior. Men, when only with other heterosexual men behave in a quite different fashion than when they are in the presence of women. Women also behave differently when exclusively with other women. When put in the presence of someone that you find to be sexually appealing, however, your behavior will modify to become what you feel is attractive to that person. This often occurs without any conscious thought on a person's part. What was common workplace behavior in all men's or all women's workplaces now changes, becomes even unacceptable and illegal when the different sexes work together. While it is possible for women to tell off color jokes to each other, for a man to tell the same woman the same joke is incredibly offensive. This is not because the joke was coming from someone of a different gender, but because the person telling the joke has a different sexual orientation than the women telling the joke. This gives the joke an undertone that makes it unacceptable. How does a person's values and attitude
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