Your biases impact how you judge and behave towards others even when you don't realize it. When you don't have exposure to something or SOMEONE it can create a discomfort, particularly when you are in any type of situation with that thing or person. When people are uncomfortable, they end up doing and saying things strange things than sometimes can be misinterpreted. Often times this can lead to someone who has good intentions being perceived as prejudice. There is a lot of evidence in the Social Psychology field (see link below) showing that people often THINK they are fair and not biased, but when they take specialized psychological tests on their unconscious/implicit biases they find out otherwise.
Humans are social creatures, and in our social world we are going to come in contact with all different types of people. It would serve us best to OPEN OUR EYES and OPEN THE EYES OF OTHERS in order to not be BLIND to our BIASES.
What are some steps you can take to do this?
1) Self analysis - really question your social groups and how much you have taken time to have relationships with and experiences with
2) Get out of your comfort zone
3) Contact The Bias Adjuster for customized assessment of your conscious and unconscious biases and customized strategies to reduce your specific biases/prejudice. We can also assess your children (ages 2 years and older), friends/family, and coworkers.