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BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 02 March 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1052

Stereotyping: Pro & Con

The world is a kaleidoscope of activity. In order for us to
understand all this activity, our brain sees stereoscopically and thinks
stereotypically. Thus we reduce all this activity into patterns that
enable us to cope with the present and predict the future. But sometimes
these patterns distort reality and create problems. For example, we tend
to stereotype other people and (mis)treat them accordingly. Let's monitor
and moderate our stereotypical thinking by recognizing its limits and
giving other people a chance.

Competing interests: No competing interests

07 September 2010
Hugh Mann
Eagle Rock, MO 65641 USA