What are negative stereotypes?
When others dismiss your abilities because you belong to a particular group, it can leave you feeling demoralised, uncertain and anxious. Worse still, when negative stereotypes are used to describe you, it can seriously hamper your performance or even convince you that your dreams and goals are futile. Psychologists refer to the act of assessing someone’s capabilities as low because they belong to a specific group as ‘stereotype threat’. [Read more…]