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In social psychology, a stereotype is an over-generalized belief about a particular category of people. Stereotypes are generalized because one assumes that the stereotype is true for each individual person in the category. Such generalizations are useful when making quick decisions, however they may be erroneous when applied to a particular individuals. Stereotypes create a barrier that leads to prejudice, making one assume they know a person just based on a stereotype.

Stereotypes may arise for a number of reasons.

Explicit stereotypes are those people are willing to verbalize and admit to other individuals.

Implicit stereotypes are those that lay on individuals' unconsciousness, that they have no control or awareness of.

In social psychology, a stereotype is any thought widely adopted about specific types of individuals or certain ways of behaving intended to represent the entire group of those individuals or behaviors as a whole. These thoughts or beliefs may or may not accurately reflect reality. Within psychology and across other disciplines, different conceptualizations and theories of stereotyping exist, at times sharing commonalities, as well as containing contradictory elements.

The term stereotype comes from the French adjective stéréotype and derives from the Greek words στερεός (stereos), "firm, solid" and τύπος (typos), impression, hence "solid impression on one or more idea/theory."

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