Social Psychology of Stereotyping and Human Difference Appreciation pp. 33-46
Authors: (Yueh-Ting Lee)
Abstract: Based on empirical research and findings in social psychology, this chapter addresses three issues with regard to stereotypes and human differences. First, it begins with the contradiction or paradox of stereotypes and human differences. Human stereotypes and differences are two sides of one coin. It seems to be a paradox that today we promote diversity and difference appreciation whereas students or trainees (or the general public) are often told not to use stereotypes or to eliminate them. Second, it reviews social psychological research on stereotypes, stereotype accuracy and various models related to stereotypes and human differences. Finally, the chapter ends with implications and conclusions—i.e., solving real social problems and appreciating human differences.