Superficial Prejudgments

First Impressions, should we judge by them?

Why not? It’s easy and practical to judge one based on the first impression they make on you so why shouldn’t we do it? We encounter new people on our daily routines and believe it or not we all judge by the first impression, some more than others but we all do it to an extent. “Oh he/she is a nerd” we have all made similar judgments about people, not being aware that the person we just put under the nerd category may actually be failing school. We tend to categorize people, a habit that some people believe we should refrain from. In our heads we have categories and when we meet someone new, we immediately relate them to a type and enlist them under a specific category. Largeness of shirt, tightness of pants, thickness of glasses, and in the case of a perverted teenage boy the size of a woman’s physical talents amongst many other physical observations help us associate each person with a category.

 

We judge by physical qualities because it’s easily done. It is obviously easier to look at someone and put them in a category than having to have a conversation with them and finding out about their likes and dislikes and what their personality is like. Even if we decide to get to know someone beyond the physical features and through their personality, we still put them into a category but this time the association to a type is not solely based on physical characteristics. The categorized way of thinking just seems to be what the human brain prefers, and no matter how hard we try to sway around it, at the end the brain generates categories of people. So if the categories are going to be made anyway what we need to is making sure they’re made fairly and not superficially.

 

The superficial way of classifying individuals that exists amongst us, has roots in our parents and their parents. When I speak of a new friend to my parents, very often they ask me questions like, where is he/she from. What’s her/his average? What do his/her parents do? I barely hear them ask questions like: what’s her/his passion? What are her/his hobbies? What kind of music does he/she listen to? Discussing the issue with my friends makes me certain that my parents are not the only baby boomers that think this way. When they find out a friend has an A average that person immediately becomes a good friend even though that same friend might be peer pressuring me into smoking. Superficial prejudgments; our parents make them because their parents did.

Are we going to pass it on to the next generation?

 

-Mr.T

 

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6 Responses to “Superficial Prejudgments”


  1. 1 Diana February 27, 2008 at 11:09 pm

    Hey guyssss, so I know this comment is out of place but since we don’t see eachother and everyone is on with their own lives.. I think that sux.. I miss you all.. so i figured this is whre I can find ya. You have some nivce stuffs posted here, and we all have to see eachother.

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  2. 2 Teengle not feeling like siging in March 1, 2008 at 10:55 am

    Aww, Diana, dunn wry this is exactly the place, we are going to try to keep in touch next year through teengle hopefully. How are u? if u got time rite me an email update me on ur stuff, ne acceptances ? ne new scholarships?

  3. 3 Capillary Action March 3, 2008 at 8:25 pm

    Yes, we will. It’s simply human nature. You take what you’ve learned from past experiences, and you apply it to new situations. And some aren’t even learned. Your parents and peers don’t have to teach you to recognize stereotypes, because you will automatically make them anyway. And some arent even learned, but are simply instinctual. When you see something with sharp teeth, you know it has the potential to bite you. You don’t need to to learn that, you just know it.

    Oh, look, a shark! It looks scary! But I mustn’t judge! Come here little sharky! *CHOMP*

    Okay, I know that example is extreme and it’s not exactly what you meant. But the point is, you act like it’s something that should be avoided. You can’t avoid it. You’re not shallow if you think some guy with bad BO, freckles, huge glasses and a lisp is a nerd, but you are if you ACT on that assumption.

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