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Making sense of ourselves
Making sense of ourselves

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1 Why don’t we like one another?

In this section you will be introduced to the psychology of prejudice, through which psychologists have addressed the everyday question of why we don’t like one another. Prejudice can be defined as a negative evaluation of members of other social groups and it is of interest to psychologists because the negative thoughts and feelings that arise from prejudice contribute to real world social problems such as racial and gender discrimination.

Psychologists have generated a number of explanations for why people become prejudiced and in this section you will undertake some online activities that focus on ‘implicit and explicit’ forms of prejudice and the distinctions between them.