The Cycle of Stereotypes

Cycle of Stereotypes

Self-awareness has the potential to interrupt

the cycle of stereotypes, which often plays out in four stages.

STAGE 1: Stereotypes describe

negative or positive oversimplified generalisations of people.

Stereotypes

STAGE 2: Prejudices describe negative attitudes

towards people who belong to a particular social group.

Stereotypes

Prejudices

STAGE 3: Discrimination describes behaviours

and actions which privilege or exclude a certain group.

Stereotypes

Prejudices

Discrimination

STAGE 4: Self-fulfilling prophecies describe situations where
prejudice and discrimination push a group to behave in a

 

 

way that confirms a stereotype.

Stereotypes

Prejudices

Discrimination

Self-Fulfilling

Prophecies

One example of the impact of this cycle:

Stage 1: members of a social group get

viewed as “They don't work hard.”

Stage 2: members of the group get judged

as “They are lazy.”

Stage 3: members of the group receive

fewer job offers.

Stage 4: members of the group

get discouraged trying to find jobs and

by that strengthen the stereotype.

Stereotypes

Prejudices

Discrimination

Self-Fulfilling

Prophecies

Stereotypes

Prejudices

Discrimination

Self-Fulfilling

Prophecies

The cycle of stereotypes is often part of our
daily lives without us noticing.

How can you act with awareness to help break the cycle?

Stereotypes

Prejudices

Discrimination

Self-Fulfilling

Prophecies

THE CYCLE OF STEREOTYPES

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THE CYCLE OF STEREOTYPES

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