Why Are Stereotypes Harmful?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Apr 6, 2020 10:27:26 PM ET

One of the main reasons why stereotypes are harmful is because they can lead to errors in decision making that carry the potential for negative consequences. What are viewed as stereotypical traits in people can be significantly overestimated and result in discriminatory biases that affect legal, employment-based and interactive decision-making. Harmful and inaccurate biases can result from focusing on recollections of negative reactions on those founded on positive or objective recall and lead to stereotyping that is based in greater part on conveniently validating preexisting prejudices.