Stereotyping Behavior

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As humans we feel the need to explain everything to ourselves and to others, we attribute cause to the events around us which gives us a sense of control. This 'need to explain' is helped through attribution theory argued by Robbins, Millet and Boyle which try to explain the ways in which we judge people differently, depending on the meaning we attribute to a given behavior . There are three different type of observations that we make when we attribute behavior to either external or internal sources being consensus, consistency and distinctiveness. Considering a case of job selection process, Sam arrives at an interview and sits down without greeting his employees. Now given due to research that humans pass judgment on to others in a…show more content…
The anchor being that Hagan is a slacker is what Rowan will tend to fixate on to guide his view on not hiring Hagan. In case of Rowan and Merel, Stereotyping bias seems to be playing a major role. According to Robins, Millet and Boyle, Stereotyping is judging someone on the basis of one's perception of the group to which that person belongs(Robbins, S.2011). Stereotyping occurs because we rely on generalizations everyday which help us make decisions quickly in order to simplify this complex world. Rowans quick perception of Merel being hostile and unfriendly just based on the 'death metal band' clothes she was wearing was an example of stereotypical bias which is interfering with his decision to hire her.Sarah assumed his first candidate Vikrim being late was due to external factors therefore this factor is what she will base her following decisions on. This can be explained by availability bias which is mental tendency for people to base judgments on information that is readily available to them, its the idea that we use limited information. When you are trying to make a decision, a number of related situations might immediately come to mind. As a result you might interpret that those situations are more frequent and possible than others. Silvia Mamede 2010 argues that "the tendecy to weigh likelihood of
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