Stereotyping in Finding Nemo

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Stereotyping in "Finding Nemo"

According to the textbook, Social Psychology by Aronson, Wilson and Ekert, stereotyping is, "a generalization about a group in which identical characteristics are assigned to virtually all members of the group, regardless of actual variation among the members" (Aronson et al, 597). In other words, stereotyping occurs when assumptions are made about a group and its members, regardless of whether all the members possess the attributions of the assumptions. Some stereotypes are formed to make us feel better about ourselves and about the group to which we belong, while other stereotypes are formed to help us better understand and categorize the world around us. Stereotyping and other theories closely
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If I am to change this image, I must first change myself. Fish are friends, not food!" This is an ultimate example of the conversion model theory. The conversion model states, " that information inconsistent with a stereotype leads to a radical change in the stereotype" (Aronson et al, 479). The sharks are aware of the fish-feasting stereotype that society holds them to, and they are determined to change it. They believe that by converting their own behavior they can begin to break down the stereotype. While very much aware that they cannot change the eating habits of all the sharks in the ocean they chant, "if I am to change this image I must first change myself." The sharks believe that if they are consistently inconsistent with the stereotype, they will be able to radically change it. Change, it seems, to be most effective, must start from within.
The journal article used in reference to stereotyping was retrieved from the The Journal of Experimental Psychology. The purpose of this article is to illustrate how being exposed to social stereotypes can subconsciously affect our behavior. The article explores the theory that if the self is compared to the social stereotype of a perceived out-group, a group with which one does not identify, one will subconsciously behave differently. Therefore, there will be disparities between the similarities

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