Methods of Reducing Prejudice and Discrimination

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Prejudice can be defined as the judgement of a group or an individual based mainly on group association. Prejudice is not necessarily negative. Ethnocentrism is an example of positive prejudice towards one’s in-group. Discrimination can be defined as the negative or positive behaviours towards individuals based on their group association. Discrimination may be obvious or subtle, either way both can be damaging. Although discrimination and prejudice often go hand in hand, there is a difference between the two. Prejudice is just the negative or positive view of others, whereas discrimination is putting prejudice into action. An example of prejudice would be that of ordinary racist remarks whilst an example of discrimination would be the …show more content…
Many prejudices seem to be passed along from parents to children. The media including television, movies, and advertising, also maintain abase images and stereotypes about assorted groups, such as ethnic minorities, women, gays and lesbians, the disabled, and the elderly. Because of early socialization, some people are especially prone to stereotypical thinking and projection based on their unconscious fears. Psychologist Adorno proposed that individuals in their early stages of childhood who are raised with overly ascetic rules that are cruel, will develop an "authoritarian personality type." This personality type causes one to become accommodate to high levels of intolerance, great insecurity, and being abject to superiors. In Adornos’ findings based on the studies of prejudice and unprejudiced people, he discovered children generate emotional hostility caused by having ascetic boundaries forbidding them to question authority. This leads to them
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