I was watching 'The Daily Show' this week, and host John Stewart was calling out Fox News for criticizing people for making negative generalizations about Fox when they themselves were guilty of the same thing. It made me stop and think for a minute, and I realized just how common negative generalizations are .
Whether they are used to further a political or personal agenda or sell us something, negative generalizations are present in every form of media nowadays, and are applied to people from every walk of life. All liberals are bleeding heart tree huggers. All conservatives are bible thumping fear mongers. The Tea Partiers are racist lunatics. This diet plan or exercise equipment will keep everyone who buys it from being an unattractive, lazy slob. And on and on.
As much as I like to think of myself as open-minded and tolerant, I too generalize much more than I should, some of it negative. For the most part it's not intentional, yet I find myself consistently doing it unless I make a concerted effort to be aware of it. I know that negative rationalizations are almost always false and unproductive, yet I can't seem to stop myself from thinking them from time to time.
Do you generalize too much? If so, why? How much of your generalizing is negative?
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