ABClatino Magazine Year 2 Issue 11 - Page 7

Self Improvement

Addressing Implicit Bias

By Hisieni Sacasa

If you have a brain, you have bias. Our brains are wired to make associations, and assumptions about the situations and things in front of us. In many cases this is very useful and even necessary, but if we are not careful, our assumptions can be wrong, and even harmful, especially if we are making assumptions about the people we are interacting with.

According to the Kirwan Institute, implicit bias is defined as the attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions, and decisions in an unconscious manner. Because it is unconscious, implicit bias can lead us to make decisions or act in a way that can be hurtful or damaging to others, even if we don’t mean to be...

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