Stereotyping Essay

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Tara L. Davis 6-30-2013 PHI 103 Informal Logic Instructor: Seitu Stephens Stereotyping Paper Discuss three stereotypes you encounter in your own life and the effect those stereotypes can have on others. This can be a stereotype you realize you have been guilty of holding or someone else's. Explain (a) what the stereotype is and (b) what sort of argument, no matter how flawed, might be used to support it, and (c) identify any mistakes you find in that argument. What is Stereotype? Stereotype is widely held but fixed and oversimplified image or idea of a particular type of person or thing. Stereotyping is something that is encountered each and every day. I stereotype against other people, and people stereotype against me. In this paper I will discuss three specific examples of stereotypes that I come across on a regular basis. I will also explain the arguments that are used to support those stereotypes and any mistakes I find with those arguments. When we start expecting certain group members to behave, think, or feel a certain way, based on put hasty generalization, we are stereotyping and forming of prejudice. When children are born they start off with no opinion at all, but as they get older they start to form opinions on what they have learned from their parents, friends, and peers. I believe that the likes and dislikes, become obvious as people try to relate with each other. Friends have the most influence over what others will say and think of you. As they become adults, they have chosen what type of person they want to be in life. As a Teachers-Assistant at a preschool, I encounter stereotyping all the time. Stereotyping comes natural for young children due to their cognition or thought process develop. According to Piaget’s cognitive development theory, 3 to 6 year-old children are in the preoperational stage of thinking in which they
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