Stereotyping: Stereotype and Northern Neck

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PHI 103
September 19, 2011
John Moore

Discuss three stereotypes you encounter in your own life and the effect those stereotypes can have on others. This can be a stereotype you realize you have been guilty of holding or someone else's. Explain (a) what the stereotype is and (b) what sort of argument, no matter how flawed, might be used to support it, and (c) identify any mistakes you find in that argument

Stereotyping is something that is encountered each and every day. I stereotype against other people, and people stereotype against me. In this paper I will discuss three specific examples of stereotypes that I come across on a regular basis. I will also explain the arguments that are used to support those stereotypes and any mistakes I find with those arguments. I work for a community bank as the Deposit Applications Specialist. On a daily basis I provide support for branch personnel when something goes wrong with the many programs that the Tellers and Customer Service Representatives use. We have branches in the Richmond area, and we also have branches in the Northern Neck. These are two very different areas with different employee attitudes, and a different customer base. I live in the Richmond area, so I understand the customer needs and the employees’ issues more readily. The Northern Neck area has a much more “small town” feel. I refer to the Northern Neck branches as more “simple” than the Richmond branches. Most of the branches know at least 90% of their customers by name and can tell you their life story. Most of the personnel that I speak with don’t understand why our procedures are set the way they are. They also tend not to understand how our systems work nor do they care. When I get a call from them, I usually cringe. Most of the time, they have

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