This world shows no mercy, grinding us all in a stereotyping and judgmental machine. The aggressive society, the defiant messages, the lack of information, of culture, or whatever the reason for which we do let ourselves influenced, the reality is that we do… and it is obvious in our actions. We walk on the street and throw our frustrations on those around us without even knowing their story… It happened to me, at least for one second, for several times in my life. It happens to you, too.
You may think now: “No, it didn’t”… Denying it is the most substantial proof of cowardice, of meanness. Doing something to tackle this phenomenon: this is the true challenge.
Stereotypes alter identity. These are fixed ideas people have about how someone or something is like, mainly pointing to negative sides. Judgemental are those opinions or unjust and unreasonable feelings that were formed without sufficient thinking or knowledge.
Foto: Alecsandra Raluca Dradoi
Stereotyping means preconceived ideas, clichés, whereas being judgemental relies on irrational feelings of fear and dislike. They can be interpreted as a protection filter against the information flux, hence they act to encourage judging people without knowing them personally or no more than superficially. In other words, they limit opinion on reality a lot.
Politicians and mass media often apply stereotypes. Using negative feelings or of intimidating represents a good technique of winning elections or selling newspapers. Those who suffer because of the stereotypes are not the same as those whose feelings are exploited, but they are those shed in a bad light.
Stereotyping issues are considerably altering the identity of the individual. We live in large societies across the world; one second of not paying attention is enough to get carried away. We are captivated and captured by the picture and allow the ladder of principles to become shaky as we willingly expose ourselves to the superficiality of the message sent by society to its crowd.
Crowd psychology can be understood by being active part of society tough, by adapting to dynamic changes whilst trying to perform realistic assessments starting with education, history, culture.
I believe there is a mentality of borders in terms of the ease with which society reduces the whole assessment of an individual to an incomplete criteria of country of origin, furthermore, labelling a whole nation with the resulted conclusion.
It is about mentalities of borders and borders of mentality that this issue of our magazine will discuss with the guarantee of going further. And since we featured a new column – RIC library book shelves — I invite you to read a book that explains at large, both socially and psychologically, the idea
of this topic. – “Psihologia multțimilor” (Crowd psychology), Gustave Le Bon.