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Cognitive Schemata: Stereotypes

1). Can person prototypes help use to identify and characterize other people we meet?

2). How can these person prototypes lead one to stereotype those that we meet?
Is there any truth in any of these stereotypes?

3). Is this kind of activity relatively harmless, or is it harmful at some level?

4). What kind of stereotypes can be damaging?

5). How can people be encouraged to look beyond stereotypes?

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To put it simply, we can and often do assign traits to people in order to characterize them, but we must think about our objectives for these characterizations. For example, a positive identification of a certain personality in a job application or interview may be useful to determine if the person has the necessary skill set to complete the assigned tasks. The following questions might serve as a positive use of traits or prototypes in the job market.

What strategies do you use to focus and complete an assigned task?
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Solution Summary

An analysis of how to characterize and make assessments through personality traits.