Unit 3 Assignment 1: Habits That Hinder Thinking

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Susan Smith EN 3220 Dr. Roxanne Hannontine Unit 3 Assignment 1: Habits That Hinder Thinking Conformity to me is the tendency to align once attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors with those around one. It's a powerful force that can take the form of overt social pressure or subtler unconscious influence. As much as one like to think of one selves as individuals, the fact is that we're driven to fit in, and that usually means going with the flow. A good example of it would be the elementary schools, high schools and even the colleges....how many children and young people are shunned because they don't follow the latest fashion or hate going to football games or basketball games, or other events? Stereotyping to me is a thought that may be adopted about specific types of individuals, their ways of doing certain things, people’s race and ways of behavior. These thoughts or beliefs may or may not accurately reflect the reality of the individual as a whole. However, this is only a fundamental psychological definition of a stereotype. Within psychology and spanning across other disciplines, there are different conceptualizations and theories of stereotyping that provide their own expanded definition. Some of these definitions share commonalities, though each one may also harbor unique aspects that may contradict the others. A good example of it would be “All the oriental people are good at math”. Self-deception to me is a matter of controversy including its definition. One may say that self-deception is the acquisition and maintenance of a belief in the face of strong evidence to the contrary motivated by desires or emotions favoring the acquisition and retention of that belief. Beyond this whether this action is intentional or not, whether self-deceivers recognize the belief being acquired is unwarranted on the available evidence, whether self-deceivers are morally
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