Quick Tips: Cultural Stereotypes – Awareness Matters

Cultural stereotypes aren’t always a bad thing. (If you’ve ever enjoyed reading a “You know you’re a ____ when…” email about your culture, you probably know what I mean.) It’s never a good idea, however, to become bound by stereotypes, to become pigeon-holed by them, or to pigeon-hole others with them. Cultural difference is a huge topic, and I won’t pretend to be able to address all the issues of culture, stereotyping, racism, and prejuidice in this single post.  However, I do want to offer a few brief suggestions for avoiding the pitfalls of stereotypes.  It helps to:

  • be aware of the cultural stereotypes you hold about others. 
  • recognize which stereotypes others may have about you.
  • know which of your own cultural stereotypes fit you and which ones don’t.
  • become comfortable educating others about your culture – be proud of the ways in which you are different than others, and value the ways you are the same.

1 comment on “Quick Tips: Cultural Stereotypes – Awareness Matters”

  1. Ashwaria Reply

    A stereotype is a preconceived idea that attributes certain characteristics (in general) to all the members of class or set. The term is often used with a negative connotation when referring to an oversimplified, exaggerated, or demeaning assumption that a particular individual possesses the characteristics associated with the class due to his or her membership in it.

    Cultural Stereotypes

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