Fw: Stereotypes !!

From: Kenneth Van Oost (Kenneth.Van.Oost@village.uunet.be)
Date: Sat Mar 30 2002 - 20:22:17 GMT

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    From: "Kenneth Van Oost" <Kenneth.Van.Oost@village.uunet.be>
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    > ----- Original Message -----
    > From: Steve Drew <srdrew_1@hotmail.com>
    > > BTW, i'm very interested in stereotypes, as they are way of coping with
    > > vast amount of data. I think the problem is that as society became more
    > and
    > > more complex, so the stereotypes become more inaccurate and subject to
    > > social situations that they were not really evolved to cope with.
    > >
    > > Stereotypes are not limited to racial groups, but to situations i.e., i
    > > think they evolved as we did. A neat mental trick when you are hunting
    > > digging for lunch would be to have a 'situation template' in your
    > If
    > > it is too detailed you would starve as no two locations are the same and
    > you
    > > would not find a match. If the pattern were too general you would end up
    > > poisoned through eating the wrong thing etc.
    > >
    > > So some theories suggest that we are hard wired to stereotype people and
    > > situations, as it is (in early human history) too good a trick not to.
    > > in the modern world the system doesn't seem to work as well due to the
    > > amount of info and situations we encounter.
    > >
    > > So i reckon we are hard wired to stereotype, but who and what have lots
    > > social input.
    > Hi Steve,
    > All seems to be quiet on the memetic front, so in the meanwhile....
    > Now at the end of a very busy fortnight, it struck me by surprise that
    > while I was working with the people designated to me that maybe one
    > reason why I get the work done where others seem to fail is due to
    > the use of stereotypes.
    > I often wondered why I get so easily along with people of other cul-
    > tures, I suppose it was my interest in those, but now I am not that sure.
    > This is maybe a longshot but the reason I see fit to qualify as an answer
    > is that I see the people where I work with like they really are.
    > No offense intented here, but in my crounty black people are considered
    > as lazy, they take no initiave, they don 't like very mush physical labour
    > and get very easy distracted. If, thus you have to work with them, 9 out
    > of 10 times the project will fail due to those stereotypical
    > characteristics.
    > But, I had chances to observe them and my own actions during the last
    > couple of days, it seems to me that by consolidation of those stereo-
    > typical aspects of their being that I get a better result
    > That means I disregard the fact of feminism and give to the woman I
    > work with typical woman- jobs,
    > To the lazy bumps I give an easy part, the strong I use to lift things
    > and so on...
    > And in fact, in return I get a better overall result. In a way their weak-
    > nesses do become a sense of strenght.
    > In a way I use the typical stereotypical aspects of their being to my
    > advance, and I do that, oh wonder me, conscient and all the time !!
    > And to my bigger surprise, they don 't seem to care ( I don 't tell them,
    > of course), everybody is happy with the role he/ she plays in and for
    > the better good.
    > Application of stereotypical aspects as the groundrule for teambuilding,
    > so to speak.
    > How does this relate to your interest and to some of the theories !?
    > Regards,
    > Kenneth

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