We haven’t heard from us for a long time, but now we want to be more active here again. The response has been quite large, we are very happy and we are very grateful! Today I want to write something about prejudice.
Prejudice – where do they come from, what’s the point?
Prejudices are ways of thinking that we take over from others, sometimes unfiltered. Opinions, attitudes towards certain things. Man tends to make it easy for himself. “Why should you worry about topics when others have already done that?” – this is actually what is going on in our subconscious. We trust opinions of others. Why not. It starts in childhoodon. Our parents simply have their own attitude towards certain things, perhaps because they have had experience of it or have adopted the opinions of others themselves. And it is precisely these opinions that we often adopt for ourselves from an early age. “What our parents say must be right.” But not only from parents – we quickly adopt opinions, ways of thinking, and mechanisms of action from people we trust, Prejudices start with the smallest issues: which car is the best, which series is good or bad, what tastes good and what does not taste good, which clothes are currently in and which are out. So-called opinion leaders decide for you how you should think, what you should buy, what you have to do. The whole thing quickly extends to other sides of our life – for example, political issues. The best example currently: the refugee crisis, It is so easy to say quickly that “foreigners have fled for economic reasons to take advantage of our welfare state”. It is easier than dealing with the causes / reasons of the problem. The fact is that hardly anyone knows the real background (at least not the mobbing crowd). But is that a good thing? Of course not…
Why prejudices prevent us
Prejudices limit us. Prejudices can burden us with problemsthat are actually not there. An example: when I started my studies, I heard from all sides: “It will be difficult”, “You will no longer have free time”, “The subject is dry” or “So many fail”. The first thing I did – I panicked. At the beginning I put myself under stress, I pondered a lot. Then the first exams came and the whole number was no problem at all. For weeks I was in a bad mood for nothing. Why? Because I took prejudices about this study for real coin and simply accepted prejudice as the truth set in stone. Quite stupid in retrospect, but somewhere human too. But since I became aware that it was relatively stupid, I’ve been doing things differently. I first make my own picture.
There is a very interesting and well-known researchFor this. Researchers have kept 5 monkeys in a cage. In the middle was a ladder with bananas at the top. Every time a monkey climbed the ladder, the remaining monkeys were splashed with cold water. This quickly resulted in none of the monkeys climbing the ladder to get the banana. You have had bad experiences with it. The researchers then exchanged one of the monkeys. The first thing the replaced monkey tried was to climb the ladder to eat the banana. The other monkeys hit him directly in panic and the new monkey learned that he was not allowed to climb the ladder, although he did not know why. All 5 monkeys were replaced in succession. What was left was a group of five monkeys that,even though they had never had a cold shower, beat everyone who tried to climb the ladder.
What does this research show? The monkeys had bad experiences and there was a prejudice “it is bad to climb this ladder and grab the banana”, which was passed on to the other monkeys. You could very well relate this to working life. When you come to a new company, there are often something like unwritten laws (“never go before 5 ″,“ never disturb the boss between 12 noon and 3 pm ”etc.) – you automatically adopt such behaviors and ways of thinking, because you do that Colleagues who have been working here for a long time trust that this is correct. At this moment, however, we forget that there are other ways that we should have our own experiences in order to learn from them. You can relate this to all things in life.
I can only recommend that you face problems of everyday life without bias . This is the only way to find new ways to solve problems. This is the only way you can design an effective learning process. Stop opening the newspaper and simply stamping the written things as given truths (this is especially true for a few newspapers in this country). Think, use your own mind. Don’t rate things until you’ve had your own experience and understood the background
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