About Prejudice Reduction
A strong desire for the reduction of prejudicial behavior will reduce prejudicial
Desire is not enough. In fact there is evidence that a strong desire to be
prejudice-free without some comfort and a level of skills to relate cross
culturally and some comfort might even produce stage fright and anxiety that
will appear to be abrupt and or even hostile.
2. We should just stop thinking those prejudice thoughts.
There is evidence that the repression of stereotyped thoughts will not reduce
prejudiced thinking but will simply repress it for a short time; the stereotyped
thoughts will then return or rebound with greater strength. It is far more
effective to replace the stereotyped thought or image with a more positive
image or thought.
3. Those with the strongest prejudices need prejudice reduction the most.
There is little evidence that those with the strongest prejudices will to
be changed by prejudice reduction training in any positive way. When strongly
prejudiced people take part in prejudice reduction activities there is evidence
that they often grow stronger in their prejudices. There seems to be more
support for managing their prejudicial behavior through environmental discouragement.
The most likely outcome from providing prejudice reduction for the strongly
prejudiced is backlash because the process threatens their way of being.
4. If we spend time together with people about whom we have learned negative
stereotypes, the prejudicial thinking will fade away.
Simply coming together is not enough. Certain other conditions need to exist
in order for prejudices to be reduced. People need to come together with equal
status and equal power, they need to not be competing with each other so that
they do not benefit from the other's misfortune. They need to come together
doing something that is cooperative and successful. To bring people together
in competitive relationships or with unequal power or into a process that
results in a negative outcome is not productive in reducing prejudices.
5. Whenever one does something that is to the disadvantage of others simply
because of their skin color or gender it is an intentional act of prejudicial
Their is strong evidence that stereotypes in our culture are widely known
and influence our behavior far more than we might wish. Often times the sudden
or fast decisions that are made without people focusing their attention upon
the justification for the decision are made on the basis of stereotyped information
even when this stereotyped information may be in conflict with the person's
6. Those who behave in prejudicial ways are not bothered by their own behavior.
There is evidence that some people feel guilty or self-critical after taking
subtle stereotype based actions that are in disagreement with their beliefs.
This is not true of the strongly prejudiced personalities who seem to feel
no remorse. But for those who are committed to a more egalitarian sense of
fairness and non-prejudicial life style guilt may very well be an experience
that follows an act of prejudicial behavior.
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Who Can Reduce Prejudicial Behavior
Reducing Prejudices within an Organization
Impacts of Prejudicial Behavior
Your Knowledge of Prejudices
FAQ, Alerts, ect.
Dynamics of Prejudicial Behavior
Your Own Prejudices
Connection to Others, the Earth and Future
Publications,Training Materials and Workshops
Your Prejudicial Behavior
Contacts and Credits