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The Dangers of Broad Generalization

Let’s talk about the harm in broadly generalizing people and putting them into specific categories that may not fully encompass them.

The categorization and organization of people, places, and things have been there since the beginning of time for help of survival.

How is this so? We organized our homes and offspring to help them survive, and this philosophy has not changed for many generations.

We survive through procreation and if that is threatened so are our future generations.

The act of broad generalization however can also have a dark side.

For example, if you were bitten by a dog when you were a child, you may never want a dog in your house. The risk of this broad generalization is that you do not embrace all animals and living things. You then program yourself to be scared of them until you have the bravery to pet another dog that may be friendly. It is all based on the approach.

In human psychology this is rewarded, however this self oppression can be harmful.

This is why many quote that broad generalization is ignorance, and we need to be mindful of the categories we put ourselves in along with the categories we put others in to stop preventing progress.

How have you broad generalized in your life and how has it affected you? Let us know in the comments below!