The graphic depicts the common stereotypes, but it does not depict the individual who comes with conflicting viewpoints and contradictions.
Stereotypes fall in the face of humanity. We human beings are best understood one at a time.
Stereotypes might even be a mind’s way of dealing with the infinite complexities of our human personas, in shorthand.
For we ARE all individuals, no matter how similar or how different from one another.
Indeed, the Taoists say, ” it is possible to appreciate people for their uniqueness – like you might enjoy a certain song. You don’t have to analyse and pull it apart.”
If we stop comparing people to other people, and instead appreciate differences, we might experience a greater level of contentment, in our own mind and ourselves.
Conversely, complaining about others means we are effectively allowing ourselves to feel irritated or disturbed that things aren’t as we think they “should be.”
” A bad neighbour glosses over your qualities and reveals your faults. “
~ Algerian proverb
Letting others be just who they are, means being a lot more flexible and accepting. Even consciously having less expectations.
More peace of mind might result from changing attitudes, than by changing circumstances.
There’s a difference between being yourself and being your stereotype.
What do you make of stereotypes? Are they always right or usually wrong?
Everyone’s opinion is valid.
What is yours?