Stereotyping: How it Affects People Over the Years

You or someone you know has most likely been stereotyped in the past. But, have you ever wondered how this could affect someone long term. If someone continuously told you weren’t as valuable as someone as someone else because of your skin or religion, you would begin to believe them and your habits could become more aggressive according to US news online. When you’re surrounded by lies and negativity repetitively, you get so used to the constant stereotypical comments.,0s960x600.png      US News online has done multiple articles on this subject. When reading this article it says, “Past studies have shown that people perform poorly in situations where they feel they are being stereotyped.” It goes on to further answer questions about whether this affect will continue as stereotyping does. “People are more likely to be aggressive after they’ve faced prejudice in a given situation. They are more likely to exhibit a lack of self-control. They have trouble making good, rational decisions. And they are more likely to over-indulge on unhealthy foods.”
On they say repetitive stereotyping result in “lost opportunities”. They go on to say that adults that are commonly stereotyped are affected in the long run. These, “…people know certain information about themselves, but have contradictory feelings about that information.” This is because of the things they hoaxed into believing. It also says that a side effect of stereotyping is stress. This can result in, “…numerous physical health problems, including shortened life expectancy.”
Stereotyping clearly is a bigger issue than just a conversation piece. It is a part of society that needs to end. It is not only wrong to look at someone and see them as a race, gender, or size, but to say something to someone’s face is just ridiculous. This isn’t the case with everyone, but next time you try to look at someone for one of the things listed above, think about the research that has been conducted. Stop and know that that person could have been told these things all their life. A side effect of this is shortened life expectancy. Would you want to live your life knowing you were the reason someone died prematurely?


2 thoughts on “Stereotyping: How it Affects People Over the Years

  1. Dear Alex,
    Number one I really like how your post wasn’t sugar coated. I do know what stereotypes do to people but hearing others opinions are really cool. I have a question for you and it is how do you think life would be if everybody accepted everybody and there was no conflict?



  2. Alex,

    I really liked reading your blog post, it had good facts and great support. I learned a lot from all the facts and the health risks associated with being stereotyped. My question is “if everyone knew the health risks with being stereotyped do you think people would still stereotype others? Great Job!


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