The way we use stereotypes is a significant way we in we simplify our lives. Most of the stereotypes are to convey a negative impression because "positive examples would include judges (the phrase “sober as a judge” would suggest this is a stereotype with a very respectable set of characteristics)." But, it is a fact that there is no such thing as a positive stereotype. Because one of the reasons stereotypes are caused is because of "them" and "us" mentality, "which leads to in-groups and out-groups. The only way to end these stereotypes is to become aware of our own stereotypes.
Stereotypes affecting people also has to do something with where they are coming from. These stealth stereotypes come from our conscious minds. In this article, Bargh says, "If conscious choice and decision making are not needed, they go away. Ideas recede from consciousness into the unconscious over time." Which means we often make connections enough in the conscious mind but eventually these connections make us feel unconscious. That's why Bargh says, "it's clear that the way to get rid of stereotypes is by the roots, by where they come from in the first place."
As stereotypes are part of our everyday life, we can find ourselves in a situation where we make stereotypes for a a specific group or a person. By criticizing various people we not only hurting but we are questions their race or religion. It could also affect them negatively such as poor performance in different activities and even health problems. Because of the created misconceptions about how people are and how they live, it has also started to affect kids as well. It has started to create confusion in their mind and thinking whatever the society thinks is ideal. But, instead we should leave everything behind and not let these stereotypes ruin our social and personal life.
Clearly, the way we stereotype people is by the way of classifying ideas which don't say much about the group we are stereotyping but it says much more about the person we are stereotyping. However, there is a way to diminish stereotypes, although it would take a major change in culture and society. We need to discover, broaden our knowledge and past our narrow-minds which will at least help us move to a positive light.
People say it's the social group who lead us to stereotypes because in the first place we always tend to assume that there must be something important that led them to classify people by their race. For example, the 9/11 attack, because of this terror, we believed that all the Arabs are alike, making it harder for us to identify those who were really violent and those who were not. This shows how we only see individual differences in a group because stereotypes are always affected by our surrounding and what's happening around. While using stereotypes we over-simplify it and these over-simplifications crosses the line of stereotypes.