I’m not a huge fan of stereotypes, but I think it’s useful for us to think about them even if we try not to indulge in them. I know for myself, I try to never stereotype, but I know sometimes I have labeled someone in my mind as a “hippie” or “yuppie” without even realize it. It’s so easy to label people when we don’t know it well… I think it’s something our brains automatically do. And by putting a label on someone, I’ve changed my expectations for what they will like and how they will act.
Stereotyping is bad habit , and I think most people do it without realizing it. I know for me, if I stereotype people as “hipsters” or “jocks”, I often am missing out on the deeper elements of their personalities. Luckily, over time most stereotypes fade as we get to know each person as an individual. I also think there’s a fine line between stereotypes and subcultures. I sort of am a hippie, and it’s true that I like to grow my own food and walk whenever possible 😉
While we have some control over the stereotyping we do or don’t do, we have a lot less control over others stereotyping us. I think we all get stereotyped to one extent or another, even if we defy most labels. Do you hate it when people stereotype you? I don’t really like it – unless someone thinks I’m a geek. I’m okay with that one 🙂 Anyway, take my quiz What’s Your Stereotype? to find out what label people might be slapping on you.
Comment below and let me know what you get on What’s Your Stereotype? Do you think there’s a ring of truth to it? What do you feel about stereotyping or labeling people? Do you think it’s harmful or occasionally helpful?