Prejudices impact how we evaluate a person belonging to some group and how we form decisions affecting them (e.g., deciding who committed a crime based on the nationality of a person). If you make a prejudiced decision, you later try to justify it to yourself based on your beliefs about the person’s group. What happens next – you form a false memory; you remember the facts that never took place. You create your own illusion. You can later apply it in a new situation, thinking that this is your past experience.
The word prejudice has two roots, and from Latin means prior judgment. The judgment that we give before we evaluate the situation rationally. To overcome prejudice on a personal level, you can develop empathy and question your existing belief systems, screening for information that contradicts rather than confirms your view.
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