Explore More About Unconscious Bias

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"Us" and "Them" - How we identify with groups

The groups (e.g. social class, family, football team etc.) we belong to are an important source of pride and self-esteem. Groups give us a sense of social identity: a sense of belonging to the social world.

We divide the world into “them” and “us” based through a process of social categorization (i.e. we put people into social groups).

proposed that stereotyping (i.e. putting people into groups and categories) is based on a normal cognitive process: the tendency to group things together. In doing so we tend to exaggerate the difference between groups and the similarities of people and things in the same group.

This is known as in-group (us) and out-group (them). We categorize people in the same way. We see the group to which we belong (the in-group) as being different from the others (the out-group), and members of the same group as being more similar than they are.

It is crucial to remember in-groups are groups you identify with, and out-groups are ones that we don't identify with, and may discriminate against.

From: Simply Psychology, Social Identity Theory, Retrieved September 29, 2021, https://www.simplypsychology.o...

Which leads to...Unconscious Bias


Unconscious bias (or implicit bias) is often defined as prejudice or unsupported judgments in favor of or against one thing, person, or group as compared to another, in a way that is usually considered unfair. Many researchers suggest that unconscious bias occurs automatically as the brain makes quick judgments based on past experiences and background. As a result of unconscious biases, certain people benefit and other people are penalized. In contrast, deliberate prejudices are defined as conscious bias (or explicit bias). Although we all have biases, many unconscious biases tend to be exhibited toward minority groups based on factors such as class, gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, nationality, religious beliefs, age, disability and more.


Participating in workshops, seminars, on-line courses and webinars are just a few ways individuals can learn more about unconscious bias and how to combat it. Holistic training includes information about how such biases can be identified and combated by individuals, groups, organizations, and in society at large. Training should also include information about structural dynamics in society that perpetuate unconscious biases. Practical strategies will help individuals combat unconscious bias in their personal and professional lives.

From Unconscious Bias, Vanderbilt University, Retrieved September 29, 2021, https://www.vanderbilt.edu/div...https://www.vanderbilt.edu/div...