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Monthly Archives: July 2013

The Internal Racist Part 2

It is important to understand the impact of implicit assumptions in a wide range of areas. I have been focusing on racism and sexism because they are two significant areas where clear differences emerge between what we consciously believe and how we actually behave. For instance, in a 2007 study by Harvard psychologist Mahzarin R. […]

The Internal Racist Part 1

Imagine you are walking through a major metropolitan city in the US. It is late at night, there is graffiti on the walls, broken windows and rubbish all around. You are alone until you hear footsteps. As you turn around ask yourself – who do you want to see? Such a situation prompted civil-rights leader […]

Implicit Assumptions Aside

Before delving deeper into the nature and characteristics of Implicit Assumptions it is worth taking a moment to explore how they influence our daily life and, in particular, how they influence the decisions that we make. Technically, implicit assumptions are ‘simplifying heuristics’ which is a fancy way of saying, ‘decision shortcuts.’ Our brain makes sense of the […]

Implicit Assumptions Part 2

We all tend to believe that we have fixed attributes and that our abilities are absolutes. We might be bad at “doing the books” but we are great at selling customers on the benefits of a new product. Alternatively, we may see ourselves as being highly creative while also being efficiently organised. Sure, we might have a […]

Implicit Assumptions Part 1

I am willing to wager that not only are you a misogynistic racist, but you have a “thing” about people who are gay and/or fat. This is a bet that I’m willing to make, irrespective of your skin pigmentation, the shape of your privates, even if you are just a tiny bit fabulous or festively […]