We all have stories and paths that we have walked in life. From the time we were born we have experienced places, people, emotions and so many other things that form our thought processes. From the time our brain starts to develop it begins to compartmentalize information.
Our senses, our emotions…all inputs for decision making. Our vision and hearing help us to access situations and respond. So what happens when we first meet someone? What is a first impression anyway?
Just think through all of the inputs that happen when we meet someone. How do they look? How tall or short are they? Are they male or female? How do they sound, is their voice “too” high, “too” low, or just right? Does their scent remind you of you grandparents, your neighbor? We can go on and on…but ultimately your brain is trying to organize all of these thoughts and may reference memories, feelings etc. to put someone into a category.
The study of In-group / Out-group dynamics or bias is a well-known principle in psychology. Google it and you will find some great reading such as this blog in Psychology Today – https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/fulfillment-any-age/201012/in-groups-out-groups-and-the-psychology-crowds
Ultimately we must be vulnerable and willing to explore our story. Why do we feel so strongly about certain In-groups and why do we make so many snap judgments about other Out-groups? We dive into our own stories and help you understand your’s when we set out to Break the Bias!