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Unformatted text preview: positions have had to be assertive, it is easy to interpret this assertiveness as pushiness.
Knowing a person’s occupation or field of study, we often make assumptions
about his or her behaviour and personality. Accountants might be stereotyped as
compulsive, precise, and one-dimensional, while engineers might be perceived as cold
and calculating. Reflect on your own stereotypes of psychology or business students.
On the average, not all stereotypes are inaccurate. You probably hold fairly correct stereotypes about the educational level of the typical college professor and the
on-the-job demeanour of the typical telephone operator. These accurate stereotypes
ease the task of developing perceptions of others. However, it is probably safe to say
that most stereotypes are inaccurate, especially when we use them to develop perceptions of specific individuals. This follows from the fact that stereotypes are most
likely to develop when we do not have good information about a particular group...
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This document was uploaded on 03/27/2014.
- Spring '14