We tend to think of prejudice as something that other people, particularly bad people, have in their hearts and minds.
The truth is, prejudice is inside us all. The good news is that psychology provides a powerful way to combat it.
Prejudice is due in part to cultural learning, from our parents, our schools and social messages and depictions in the media. But prejudice is also deeply embedded into our thought networks. Numerous studies have been done on implicit bias, the negative stereotyping and othering that we are not consciously aware of.
Whether we like it or not, prejudice easily digs into us. So if we’re going to combat it, we need to change how our minds deal with it.