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STEREOTYPES: A General Guide to Understand.

Stereotype Syllabus: The Basic Guide to Understanding



“That person won’t like you…”


From Psychological Review, it is... A stereotype is an individual's set of beliefs about the characteristics or attributes of a group.

From Oxford Living Dictionary, it is:

“Just by the way they look you can tell…” Image by: ereotyped-around-the-world

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The YOU in stereotyping Where do you stand? Take these Quizzes to find out. Whether we know it or not, we are bound to have preferences. From the clothes we wear, to the type of music we listen to, we set standards for ourselves. Unfortunately, these standards can begin to form our perception of the world, inherently objectifying people we encounter. Find out if you are stereotyping.

Click icon to try! Whether it is the young over the old, or the healthier body versus an unhealthy, Project Implicit can give you an impression of you innately stereotype.

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Can you be stereotyped? Take this 60-second Quiz to find out. z-and-well-guess-whether-youre-a-boy-or-a-girl/

African Americans and Girls: The Whos Behind it All

Being stereotyped can hurt more than just your personal well being, it can also affect other avenues of your life too. Having a certain stereotype, in particular a negative one, can adversely affect your chances for promotion, employment, and respect. These lists of sources on the next page should help you discover who is being stereotyped.

Research is being conducted by the American Psychological Association (APA) in which these two groups of people: African American and Girls, are the most prone to be negatively impacted by gender and race stereotypes when it comes to certain fields of study like math and athletic performance.

Stereotype Damage Click to check it out!

Stereotype effects on groups Stereotyping has an effect on a variety of groups. These groups range from race, age, gender, religious beliefs and many more. “The damaging effects of stereotype-based manipulations have significant societal implications.�-Lamont, Ruth A., et al. "A Review and Meta-Analysis of Age-Based Stereotype Threat: Negative Stereotypes, Not Facts, Do the Damage." Psychology and Aging, vol. 30, no. 1, Mar. 2015, pp. 180-193. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1037/a0038586. Image:

Everyday Stereotypes Stereotyping is far more common than you might think. Even in phrases you use every day, there might be harmful stereotypes that you hadn’t even realized you’re using. Think about how many phrases and figures of speech you use in a day. Can you spot the stereotypes being perpetuated? These sayings are probably ones you’ve said your entire life and have never thought about twice. This doesn’t mean that they aren’t problematic or that they shouldn’t be addressed. Complete the activity on the following page and test your knowledge of everyday stereotypes.

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Check the Stereotypes You Hear or Use Every Day: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12.

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Add up the ones you checked off. Are you surprised by how many you know and use?

Exploring the Consequences

The Effect on Mental Health

The effects of Stereotyping

Lowering performance Stereotype Threat and the Student-Athlete

Stereotypes have the possibility to have some major effects on mental health. Stereotypes run deep and are very difficult to overcome. Inzlicht, Michael, et al. "Lingering Effects: Stereotype Threat Hurts More Than You Think." Social Issues & Policy Review, vol. 5, no. 1, Dec. 2011, pp. 227-256. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1111/j.1751-2409.2011.01031.x.

Thomas S. Dee, an American economist and professor of education at Stanford University, presents an economic model that shows the gap in advantages in person affected by social-psychological stereotype threats.


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Exploring the Negative Consequences of Stereotyping UA News Services -This article explores the variety of ways that a student’s life is affected by stereotyping.

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Even innocent searches can bring up from the depths unwanted stereotypes. Every image included on the next page has been pulled up using generic search-terms. Draw an arrow from the searched term to the image. The answers are given on the bottom, but don’t cheat! Can you match keywords to the stereotypical stock image? Image:











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Answer key: H1, G2, F3, E5, D7, C6, B8, A4


Coping With Stereotypes Handling and Confronting Difficult Situations

10 Ways to Deal with Stereotypes Erin Whitehead - This article presents a list of 10 methods for recognizing and confronting stereotypes, both within your own mind/speech and in those around you.

Overcoming Racial Stereotypes The University of Notre Dame has published a helpful segment in their online Universal Counseling Center webpage. Not only do they explain what racial stereotype is and how we develop it, but also the means by which we can overcome it.

Encountering stereotypes, whether about you or just in general, can be very disheartening and often frustrating. It can be quite difficult to handle these feelings, not to mention confronting the source. There are many ways to cope with stereotypes and everyone copes differently. Image from Stepp Program: Stigma and Stereotypes ereotypes/

Psychological Disengagement

This is the notion that one’s self esteem does not depend on factors beyond their control. This is the ability to disengage your view of yourself as perceived by others. Schmader, Toni, et al. "Coping with Ethnic Stereotypes in the Academic Domain: Perceived Injustice and Psychologicaldisengagement." Journal of Social Issues, vol. 57, no. 1, Spring2001, pp. 93-111. EBSCOhost, ost-live.

Stereotype Crossword

Are you familiar with terms that are commonly used as stereotypes? How often do you use these terms in your everyday language? Do you understand why these stereotypes are hurtful? Can you recognize when stereotypes are being used?



Additional Reading ●

The Psychology of Prejudice:

Additional Reading ●

An Overview ●

How Stereotypes Explain

Prejudice ●

Gender Stereotyping and

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Stereotypes and Women’s



How Intelligence Leads to Stereotyping

What is Stereotype and

What is a Stereotype? What is Stereotyping?

What are Gender Roles and Stereotypes?