Why We Stereotype Strangers

What can we do to fight unconscious stereotypes or perceptions we may not even realize we have? Research shows that no magic bullet will erase unconscious biases but there are steps to address and counter them. Dolly Chugh says it’s crucial to have a growth mindset, as opposed to a fixed one. Our mindsets can differ at various times and in different aspects of our lives. But when we have a fixed mindset we see ourselves as fully formed, so we are likely to remain the same. And it can lead to blind spots. “A fixed mindset says: ‘I am not racist or sexist.’” Chugh says. “A growth mindset, which is open to change, says: ‘I know there is always room to grow in this area.’”

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