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Add Question Here Question 96 Essay 0 points Modify Remove Question Discuss five ways that a person can become more tolerant of others and develop cultural awareness. Answer Answer will include any five of the following: (1) Break the prejudice habit by accepting the value of openness to the other , which is the ability to genuinely appreciate those who differ from us culturally. It is important to remember that being open to someone else does not mean that you have to agree with that person or turn your back on your own culture. (2) Beware of stereotyping . When we stereotype, we tend to see out-group members as very much alike, even when they are as varied as our friends and family. People who are not prejudiced work hard to actively inhibit stereotyped thoughts and to emphasize fairness and equality. A good way to tear down stereotypes is to get to known individuals from various ethnic and cultural groups. (3) Seek individuating information about each person rather than seeing a person as only a member of a group. When you meet individuals from various backgrounds, focus on the person, not the label attached to her or him. (4) Reject just - world beliefs that people get what they deserve. This faulty thinking amounts to blaming people who are victims of prejudice and discrimination for their plight. (5) Avoid creating self - fulfilling prophecies that can occur when you treat a person based on a stereotype and the person finds it easier to just meet your expectations. (6) Avoid unnecessary social competition , which is the rivalry among groups with each regarding itself as superior to others. A person who has high self-esteem does not need to treat others inferior in order to feel good about himself or herself. Similarly, it is not necessary to degrade other groups in order to feel positive about one’s own group identity. In fact, each ethnic groups has strengths that members of other groups could benefit from emulating. (7) Understand that race is a social construction . Race is a matter of social labeling, not biological reality. Members of various groups are so varied genetically and human groups have intermixed for so many centuries that it is impossible to tell, biologically, to what “race” any given individual belongs. (8) Look for commonalities in others and strive to cooperate. (9) Set an example for others, particularly our children. Add Question Here
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