Communication Prompt 1 -Transforming Conflict: Assessment

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B: No you didn't.

A: You just weren't listening.

Nonviolent Communication:

A. The trash still has not been taken out. Would you like to do that?

B. Oh, uh, no but I will if you want me to.

A: Thank you

Prompt (2) Stereotypes:

Stereotyping comes from a deeply rooted survival mechanism for self-protection that helps us to identify friends from foe. It is based in the synthesis of sensory awareness. There are three sub-process of perception that help us to understand what our senses are telling us.

The three sub-processes of perception include subliminal perception, external attention factors, and interpretation.

Impressions lead to an implicit personality theory. Describe.

We develop an implicit personality theory by generalizing about certain traits, or assuming that the presence of one trait necessitates the presence of another trait.

Stereotyping leads to totalizing. Describe Stereotyping leads to totalizing, or the act of blurring out any individual or specific traits. Instead of perceiving the other person as a complex set of traits, the stereotyper projects a total set of traits. The totalizing generally occurs as a process of labeling.

Stereotypes create several communication barriers with diverse peers. What are they?

Communication barriers that result from stereotyping are numerous. For one, stereotypes prevent us from viewing the other person as an individual. Second, stereotyping leads to totalizing and therefore prevents us from seeing that person's strengths and weaknesses honestly. Third, stereotyping reflects prejudicial attitudes and creates antagonism as well as bias and mistrust.

How is double consciousness affected by stereotyping?

A double consciousness is fostered by stereotyping, as the individual develops an identity that is a reaction to prejudice. In some situations, the individual lives up to the stereotypes in a self-fulfilling prophesy. The person might develop low self-esteem too. In other cases, the individual becomes antagonistic and this prevents clear communications.

What is the best way to talk in freedom from racial bias?

It is difficult to be totally free from racial bias in a country that seems to perpetuate stereotypes. However, the best way to talk in freedom from racial bias is to pay attention, observe, and listen. Treat the other person as an individual and have no preconceived notions of who they are based on their ethnicity.

How do ethnocentric and cosmopolitan dispositions affect our stereotyping behavior?

An ethnocentric disposition prevents one from valuing the diverse backgrounds and correspondingly diverse opinions and points-of-view. Cosmopolitan dispositions are more able to accept and thrive in a diverse environment. These different dispositions make us more or less inclined to stereotyping. The ethnocentric person is more likely to make stereotypes than a cosmopolitan person.


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