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Expecting To Be Treated With Prejudice May Be Self-fulfilling Prophecy, Study Suggests: Why Giving Each Other the Benefit of the Doubt Works…

July 6, 2009 1 comment

19letters190A Science Daily article suggests that people who expect to be treated with predjudice may encourage a self-fulfilling prophecy.  In my book, “Diversity 2.0” this is notion of self-fulfilling prophecy is a central concept.  Thos of you who are familiar with the Placebo Effect understand that the two “effects” are indeed connected to the same neural circuits in the brain.  Basically, the self fulifilling prophecy and the placebo effect states that you get what you expect.  Which is why the idea of giving everyone the benefit of the doubt is such a simple yet strong way to actually change the way you and I see and interact with the world.  This research just backs up what we already know and when applied in the real world this simple law transforms everything.  Most importantly ourselves…

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The Key to Overcoming Unconscious Bias…Give Everyone the Benefit of the Doubt.

July 5, 2009 Leave a comment

feature_crco07There is a very interesting article in Salon.com about unconscious bias.  The author discusses several points I make in my book Diversity2.0. One of the best points he makes is that bias is natural but that it can be overcome by appluing an age old wisdom.  Give everyone you meet or interact with the benefit of the doubt.  In otherwords extend trust and cooperation to others unconditionally.  Of course there will be times when doing so results in being taken advantage of, but in the long run this “way of thinking” will make a huge difference in your relationships with others.  Even more importantly it can change the way you see the world for the better.

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