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Q: Do you think it is human nature to categorize people? Why or why not?
A: It is certainly not human nature to drop a hate crime on somebody or to have hatred towards somebody simply because of the social groups that they belong to. [ It is however, human nature to judge, label, and categorize people especially when we do not have much actual information to go on. Saying that you are a “non-judgmental” person does not change this. Being a “good person” does not
change this. It is not actually about you, it is about your brain and how it functions. There are whole big bunches of things that your brain does without your participation and without your permission, this is just one of them…regardless of your aspirations to be non-judgmental, your brain is always going to be relentlessly judgmental. A big part of D&I is about pushing back on this and working intentionally to make sure that our decision making about people is more based on fact and less based on fiction. We have learned a great deal about the human brain in the past decade and this information desperately needs to find its way into HR, D&I, leadership and organizational development and other related disciplines. ]
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