When I first met John Paul many months ago, I knew he was homeless and I offered him some money. We talked a short while and he told me he was making efforts to improve his situation, including finding a job.
Then after several months, I asked him why he still hadn’t found a job. His answer made me see him in a brand new light, and maybe it will for you as well.
It is easy to look at any person, and make a snap judgement. Our brains are wired to do so, otherwise we couldn’t survive for very long.
Other times, we need to take a breath to look beyond the surface to see the deeper truth. It’s about giving space and respect to all, so we avoid misjudgments.
For more information about stereotypes and snap judgements, read this article: “Implicit stereotypes and the predictive brain: cognition and culture in “biased” person perception.”