Cognitive biases are mental filters that significantly impact our perception and interpretation of the world around us. These filters affect our thoughts, feelings, and actions. Over a hundred biases have been identified and are largely unconscious to us. The purpose of this chapter is to point out the biases that hinder our ability to have healthy conversations. As you read, consider how each colors the way in which you see others and the world.

Implicit Bias

Implicit bias is more commonly known as stereotyping. We stereotype when we ascribe certain traits and characteristics to groups of people globally. For example, “Americans are loud,” “French people are rude,” and “Germans have no sense of humor.” From an evolutionary ...

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