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Stereotyping is defined as an "oversimplified, usually pejorative, attitude people hold toward those outside one's own experience who are different. They are a result of incomplete or distored information accepted as fact without question"(8). A stereotype is simply a widely held belief that an individual is a member of a certain group based on charcteristics. Due to the process of overgeneralization within social perception, stereotyping leads to a great deal of inaccuracy in social perception.
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