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Social Biases Paper

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Social Biases

Bias comes in many forms, including race, age, gender, and ethnicity and can be universal or location specific (Fiske, 2010). It is described as favoring thinking of particular way, or something to watch. Stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination are all forms of biases because of the treatment the individual receives from others (Fiske, 2010). Bias is defined as “a particular tendency or inclination, especially one that prevents unprejudiced consideration of a question; prejudice” (Bias, n.d.). Social interactions between some groups might create common biases. Social biases may be harmful and interfere with ...view middle of the document...

These are just a few examples of negative stereotyping. A few examples of positive stereotypes are all blacks are great basketball players, the French are romantic, Italians are good lovers, and all Asians have high IQ’s. Some examples of racial stereotypes are white people don’t have rhythm, blacks are lazy, and Germans are Nazis, just to name a few. Gender stereotypes include both man and women; all women like dolls, all women like fashion magazines, all men like cars, men take too many chances (iloveindia.com, n.d.).
Dictionary.com (n.d.) defines discrimination as the treatment or consideration of, or making a distinction in favor of or against a person or thing based on the group, class, or category to which the person belongs. There are many types of discrimination people have to deal with everyday, race/color, religion, sex, age, national origin, and many others. “Discrimination entails acting on the basis of one’s stereotypes and prejudices, denying equality of treatment that people wish to have” (Fiske, 2010, p.429). Discrimination may also include verbal discrimination, which includes jokes, slurs and put-downs. Although verbal discrimination is not meant to be taken seriously, it may create a hostile environment and may lead to a more serious form of hostility.
Differences between subtle and blatant bias
Subtle bias can be difficult to analyze or pick up on, and it expresses one’s opinion delicately, whereas blatant bias shows one’s opinion clearly. It is obvious when a person who shows blatant bias injects his or her personal opinion. Subtle bias is not only indirect, cool, and automatic but it is also ambiguous. It can be nonverbal behavior from one person to another person or a group.
Fiske (2010) states “blatant bias emphasizes belonging and controlling more than the other motives” (p. 458). People strive to feel good about themselves as a member of a group. Blatant bias may result from direct conflict, and show ones opinion clearly and it becomes obvious that he or she is injecting his or her personal opinion. Blatant bias is noticeable to everyone and shows a person’s displeasure with someone or something.
Impact of bias on the lives of individuals
Bias impacts not only the victim of bias but also anyone who witnesses the bias as well as the person who creates the issue. A strong person is capable of facing adversity but a person who is thought to be weak is more likely to be sought out. A person who becomes a victim of prejudices, stereotypes, and discrimination often have problems with withdrawal and depression. Those who do not fall prey to bias will use the situation to become more motivated. The negative bias a person receives including being degraded, feeling hurt, or belittled may propel him or her to become stronger and do better in life.
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