Running Head: STEREOTYPES
A stereotype is an over-generalized and fixed, opinion, belief or assumption about a
particular class of people or group that presents an entire set of similar behaviors as a whole. The
type, nature or stereotype characteristic presented creates a picture of who an individual or a
group of individuals are and their social placement in the society. Based on race, gender, age,
culture, religion, and education or class, the nature of stereotypes is well defined and identified.
Types of stereotypes are education or class, age, race, gender, religion and culture stereotypes.
Other stereotypes types are; clothing or accessories, complexion, place of origin, neighborhood,
career, disability, marital status, diet, sexual orientation, memberships, and income stereotypes.
Stereotyping may be fundamentally incorrect with its generalization of traits reflective of
the internal and underlying motivations and prejudices of the stereotyper. To any given group of
individuals. Stereotypes exaggerate a group in two main ways; by amplifying the reality and by
influence individual judgments either positively or negatively, in their original intent. There are
no neutral stereotypes. Stereotypes can have a negative impact causing discr...
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