Understanding Stereotypes and Prejudice

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What is the main cause of intolerance towards minority groups?

What is an example of a stereotype?

What is the difference between a stereotype and prejudice?


  • Every nation in the world is composed of different ethnic groups.
  • The mainstream society sometimes shows intolerance towards different customs, religions, beliefs and traditions that minority groups maintain.
  • This intolerance is usually caused by stereotyping ethnic groups.
  • A stereotype is the over-generalized belief that a certain behaviour or attitude characterizes all members of a group.
  • Stereotypes are learned, generally from family, the media and other people.
  • An example of a stereotype is “Turkish people are known for their hospitality.”
  • Some stereotypes may not be as pleasant as this example and can easily lead to prejudice, which is an unreasonable dislike and distrust of people who are different from the dominant group in terms of their race, gender or religion.


Explore the impact of stereotypes and prejudice on ethnic groups and societies with this quiz. Learn about the causes of intolerance and how stereotypes can lead to prejudice. Understand the importance of challenging over-generalized beliefs and promoting inclusivity.

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