What leads to the formation of the stereotype?

Stereotyping is something we do daily, even if we don’t realize it. By classifying groups of people, we can better understand the world around us, although prejudice may be a result. A “stereotype” is a mental representation and a form of social categorization made about specific individuals or a group and its members. Most stereotypes of today are negative, exaggerating the quality and cognitively-associating such trait to all individuals that are part of the group leading to discrimination and prejudice, thus increasing self-esteem about themselves and they’re in-group. Gender, race, political stance, and personality contribute to the stereotypes we place on others, but they are generally based on race and gender.

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