Prejudice: A Dangerous Defense Mechanism

“Prejudice is a great time saver: You can form opinions without having to get the facts.” — E. B. White

Prejudice is described as an unfavorable opinion or feeling formed beforehand or without knowledge, thought, or reason. For its many negative outcomes, it can also be seen as a universal trait tied to our very human instinct to survive.

By nature, we are attracted to our own kind and more inclined to perceive the “other” as bad or frightening. The challenge is to recognize this impulse and determine if fear or negative judgment is justified.

Excerpt from Jane Simon’s blog in the Huffington Post- Read more