Are Stereotypes a good thing?

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Are Stereotypes a good thing?


  • They are helpful when we need to make snap judgements, when we don't have time to form a full impression of everyone we meet.
  • They enable us to remember information about other people.
  • They enable us to respond appropriately when we meet new people for the first time.
  • They enable us to fit in with our own group and feel a sense of belonging


  • They can stop us seeing the real person when we meet someone for the first time.
  • Most stereotypes do promote harmful images.
  • We can make mistakes about people when meeting them for the first time.
  • Once learnt by children, they may be difficult to overcome.


Stereotypes can be very useful at times, but they can also be very harmful.


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