tough to shake.
They can create
and hurt feelings.”
In social Psychology, a stereotype is a thought that can be adopted
about specific type of individuals or certain ways of doing things.
Stereotypes concerns groups of people; they generalizes the character
or a way of doing just because these people are part of that group.
What is it a Stereotype?
We can find stereotypes all around the world .
There are so many examples
like this picture, where Jews are considered stingy.
Another example of stereotype
is about Male and Female
At last, the stereotypes of
immigrants are the most
frequent because they are
people of certain religion, they
have a different skin color or
have different customs.
The modern society it’s doing
everything that’s possible to
overcome stereotypes that for
too long have affected our
judgment in our everyday
situations. This awareness
campaign is also facilitated by
modern media, such as
television and social networks
An example of this process is
"skam“, a Norwegian TV series
that has become very popular
among young people thanks
to the very sensitive and
important issues that it treats,
such as homophobia and
overcome stereotypes of
gender and religion.
Another good practice can be
an educational course taught
since young age by the school.
Such projects are very
common, in Italy, on gender
equality for example, but much
less on stereotypes that affect
Thanks to the school, this year, some people of
our class were able to work as volunteers in a
italian school for foreign people named “Penny
Wirton”. This experience was very formative as
we were able to personally know some
refugees, let us tell their stories and embark on
an educational path together. Keeping in
touch with these people has totally changed
our way of seeing them, which now we know,
was conditioned by stereotypes.
As our experience at Penny Wirton
School, there are many places
where we can change our way of
seeing certain categories of
people, and thus overcoming
stereotypes. One of these is the
"International Women's House",
which deals with this. Thanks to one
of the workers we have been able
to find out how they work:
“Each of us implements a simplification process to read the reality around him,
this simplification doesn’t happen arbitrarily, but is guided by modes that are
culturally established, so they are part of the single and are effective for the
understand of reality.The interesting thing is that ,once crystallized, stereotypes
may have an effect on our perception when gathering data and reading such data.
Let me tell you better: if a conflict comes up with the idea that I had of a person
or a thing, it would be easier to forget the data than to change my idea. (Acted
stereotype). In this simplification we ,as individuals , are subjected to
expectations by others, and sometimes we even move away from the person
who we are to not depriving them (stereotypes suffered).An other thing to
keep in mind is that stereotype precisely because they can be reproduced from a
simple feature and are extensible at a general level (all women drive badly the
car) can become a disadvantage.This prejudice affects the relationship and
behavior of both the person who has the injury and the person who is subject
to such prejudice. So how do you get out of this vicious circle? Finding things
that we share ... and these things often “tu chiamale se vuoi emozioni" (L.
Battisti). Put yourself in the shoes of others, dealing with people who are
different from you, by age, sex, sexual orientation, religion, culture of origin, etc.
In my work I propose many group activities among people who don’t know
each other and carefully define groups. In this way, after devoting a lot of time to
the knowledge of others, each one will be free to form his own idea on the
person and always put it to the test over time. I do these activities within an
organization called the “International Women's House”, which is here in Rome in
Trastevere and fights for human rights, so all of us.”
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