... So where do stereotypes come from?

In this section, you've seen examples of how people tend to pigeonhole others—to expect certain behavior because of another's background, age, color, or other physical characteristic. The reason for such experiences is explained by this statement from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy: "Ignorance, pride, or prejudice closes the door to whatever is not stereotyped" (p. 144).

When any of us let ignorance, pride, or prejudice lead us, we're likely to end up expecting people to behave in certain ways. And those expectations tend to be negative, even when our own life experience has shown us something better. Here's an example:

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