In recent years there has been a lot of implicit bias research. Implicit bias occurs when we unconsciously hold biases or stereotypes against others. This is something that all humans do but are not aware of. Studies have found that implicit bias is commonly held against different races, genders, and other marginalized groups.


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We tend to favor the group that we are a part of positively, however, it is possible to hold this bias against ourselves. Implicit bias is responsible for any initial thoughts you have about a person when you first meet them. Even if you do not have enough information about them to make a good judgment, your brain will do it for you.

There are a lot of things that go into creating your implicit bias. An example of these things would be your past experiences and where you’re from. All of these things come together to make your unconscious thought. An important thing to note is that because implicit bias is unconscious you can still be explicitly unbiased towards someone while holding your implicit biases. Overall, implicit bias is something in your brain that you can not control. The way that you can fight this bias is by having an understanding that it is there, and actively working to see how it affects different areas of your life.

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