Prejudice and other violations

4 December 2016

So prevalent has it become that one can almost conclude that standing in judgement of each other has become our default mode. Closely allied to this latter mode, or in fact as a consequence of it, is prejudice. The prevailing levels of judgement and prejudice are throttling our more noble attributes of sensitivity, understanding and empathy and thereby compromising our inherent creative and evolutionary energies.

There are two archetypal individuals who repeatedly perpetuate prejudicial behavior: These are the aggressive and judgmental narcissist and the hostile, low self-esteem sociopath (usually in a bullying alliance), as well as combinations thereof. They generally do not take responsibility and are non-apologetic for any negative consequences of their words or actions and both contribute dissent to their respective environments. Neither are able to accept criticism, with the narcissist becoming more aggressive in response to the perceived affront and the sociopath becoming more hostile (hostility implying a vengeful component). Compounding the pathology is the fact that the hostile archetype derives gratification from mauling those that engage or confront them.

It should be emphasized however that these traits may well be camouflaged under a thin veneer of respectability. The narcissist for example may portray himself/herself as an expert or authority in a specific field with the ‘appropriate’ degree of arrogance. The sociopath is masterful at working facade and delusion.

Prejudice in thought, communication and action may be minimized by developing an awareness of the three NLP violations of deletion, distortion and generalization.

1. Deletion: Deleting facets of a concept which are inconvenient/contrary to popular held beliefs/reflecting one’s own limiting beliefs. But a half truth is still an untruth!

2. Distortion: Once again, distorting facts to suite one’s own subjective belief system

3. Generalization: Creating generalized traits for a group, believing in it and applying it without exception. In fact those who detract from the generalization are subject to ‘deletion’ and ‘distortion’ so that they ‘fit’ into the scheme of things.

Unfortunately too few transcend their subjectivity, remaining unaware of their unjustified prejudice. And so the fracture lines develop and soon, the divide. Judging from current debate in the extended social media blogs, that divide is widening. Will reason prevail? Will we heal or destroy? Watch this space .....


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