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We don’t all have to agree with another person’s actions, beliefs, values or way of life, however, we owe it to ourselves to “overcome the reluctance to admit that we base our reactions to, or understandings of, minority groups on values and assumptions that may not be accurate or factual” (CCN, 2018). In doing so, we can begin overcoming the way we react to others, and thus begin to change the reaction of the entire crowd / group we are associated with. For example, I’m sure you all have heard of the term “Herd Mentality”. If you are not familiar with this term, it means that people typically are influenced to “follow” their peers views, behaviors, and trends. I am not the only one with this thought, Tina Rosenberg (as cited by Paul, 2011) stated in her book, Join the Club, that the positive effects of peer pressure can lead to what Rosendberg calls the “social cure, in which organizations and officials use the power of group dynamics” to help improve the world. It only takes one person to change their thoughts, feelings, and reactions. Next thing you know someone else sees this “new way” and “jumps on the band wagon. I do agree with this week’s lesson in that no change can come about
until we have first as individuals is to “overcome the reluctance” ofadmitting the basis of our reactions / understandings of minority groups (or anyone not like ourselves) may in fact be based on false pretenses (CCN, 2018).ReferencesChamberlin College of Nursing (2018) SOCS350 Week 6: Examing Strategies [Online lesson].Downers Grove, IL: DeVry Educational Group.Harvey, C.P. and Allard, M.J. (2015) Understanding and ManagingDiversity: Readings, Cases, and Exercises. Hoboken, New Jersey: PearsonPaul, A.M. (2012). Herd mentality. Time Magazine. Retrieved from.html