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Stereotypes in Psychology and Everyday Life

Stereotypes develop from our desire to know better the world around us. They allow us to organize the vast amounts of data and information that we come across in our everyday activities. They are forms of generalizations and, therefore, they are product of our thinking process (or more often the thinking of other people which we accept as our own). The problem with stereotypes, though, is that too often they tempt us to oversimplify the world around us or the world that we do not actually know but pretend to know through the stereotypes.