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Categorizing

Destined to Stereotype? How the Mind's Gift for Grouping Gets Us Into Trouble

David Sack, M.D. | Posted 03.12.2014 | Healthy Living
David Sack, M.D.

While we can't turn off our brain's natural tendency to lump people and things together, we can understand and help influence the meaning we assign to those categories and to push ourselves to think beyond the stereotype. But it takes effort.

The Pesky Persistence of Labels

Scott Barry Kaufman | Posted 12.22.2012 | Science
Scott Barry Kaufman

The tendency to classify and categorize objects is a deeply ingrained aspect of human nature. Without this ability, we'd quickly get overwhelmed in every new encounter, but this fundamental skill can also be extremely damaging, especially when it comes to categorizing people.

Letting Go Of Labels And Seeing The World Anew

Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

When we learn to watch the mind and stop labeling everything and everyone automatically, we start to see things differently. Instead of a divided and fearful world, we see a world that's fundamentally whole and unbiased.