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why stereotyping could have many disadvantages

Updated on October 16, 2012

why stereotyping could have many disadvantages

Stereotyping is one of the easiest ways to classify a group of people . It lumps members together and tar them with the same brush without considering their individuality. . This has a lot of problems because when the group is not good enough,every member of that group would be treated as chaff.


stereotyping in action
stereotyping in action

why stereotyping could have many disadvantages

Stereotyping is the act of giving a label to a group of individuals, it is the easiest way to classify people .Give them a label and the job is done. . At-any-rate ,since it is difficult for individuals in a group to behave the same way, stereotyping could lump all of them together. It means that the actions of some group members could be used to extrapolate the behaviors of the entire group. One hilarious thing about stereotyping is that habitual-stereotypers are the first to cry foul when a label is given to them. Although groups could be stereotyped as good or bad but it still doesn't represent the totality of the group.This are some of the consequences of stereotyping.


Valuable human resources that could add value to an organization could be overlooked because all the members of that group had been tarred with the same brush . This could be detrimental to the organization because those skills may not be gainfully utilized . In some instances stereotyping can also result in a square peg in a round hole when it is used as a means of selection .

Behaving according to stereotype

This is one of the most dangerous aspect of stereotyping . When a person can't shake-off the load of stereotype hanging on their neck ,it could push some members of the group to start acting accordingly. Sometimes attempts by members of a group to act contrary to the stereotype are scorned as pretense and this acts as a form of discouragement.

Soured relationships

Stereotyping impedes assimilation between groups dwelling together because it breeds mutual mistrust. This situation could retard the progress of members of the group who are not happy about the status- quo

At the last count, there is stereotype for every group known to man .Some groups are not even aware of their own label but it exist . In some communities ,this is the first advice children learn from their parents . This group are this, trade carefully with that group and they would only stop short of revealing their own label.

The importance of knowing about stereotyping is good for community leaders and aspiring leaders considering the cosmopolitan nature of communities today.Any leader of organization desirous of leading a heterogeneous group should learn about stereotypes and stereotyping in-order to avoid falling into the trap.This is because it requires more than strong-will to navigate this pitfall . The only remedy is to read and read about stereotyping.


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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks for the comment

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great words to live by.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @tonybonura: Thanks for the comment

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      Tony Bonura 5 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

      Nnadi, you have hit the nail right on the head with this assessment. I try not to stereotype because I know all people are individuals, but it looks as though stereotyping is a part of the human experience. I still do it on occasion and then find myself being brought up short when I realize that the person just doesn't fit the mold.