"Racists stereotype other people, for the most part, but there are also stereotypes about racists. And the stereotype about racists is that, well, they’re kind of dumb.

But a new study complicates the narrative that only unintelligent people are prejudiced. The paper, published recently in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, suggests smart people are actually more at risk of stereotyping others.

...being smart might put you at a greater risk of prejudice, but you can still fight against those instincts by challenging your thinking and getting to know people who aren’t like you."


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said Saïd Amin (@said) Pinned comment
Really interesting. This study reminds me of the recent presidential race and my (initial) shock reading a litany of prejudiced/stereotypical Facebook comments from folks I consider to be intelligent and socially conscious -- I know that we have all have our moments (where we wish we could take something we said back), but some these Facebook 'friends' have been unrelenting and kept it up.

I suspect that there is some truth to listening to people when they are angry, b/c that's when the real truth comes out.

"When people cannot tolerate angry emotions, they tend to act out their anger inappropriately. They find it difficult to control and are hurtful or abusive to themselves and others. Often, they act against their own best interests." -Dr. Firestone
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