Prejudice gets a bad rap, and rightly so. Yet people praise patriotism, cherish their alma maters, revel in their ethnic heritage, and hold family near and dear. These insider behaviors are as natural to human beings as walking upright. Psychologist Paul Bloom casts prejudice in a new light, explaining that in-group versus out-group bias, though innate, only becomes harmful if not tempered by empathy, awareness, judgment and intellect. getAbstract applauds Bloom’s unbiased approach to prejudice.
In this summary, you will learn
- Why every human is prone to prejudice and bias,
- Which situations can make bias and stereotyping harmful,
- How to counterbalance the negative effects of bias.
About the Speaker
Paul Bloom is a professor of psychology at Yale University.