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How to Change Stereotypes and Meta-stereotypes

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DOI: 10.23977/appep.2022.030608 | Downloads: 26 | Views: 652


Liuliu Sheng 1, Jun Ren 2


1 Student Affairs Department, Taizhou Vocational and Technical College, Jia Zhi Street, Taizhou City, Zhejiang Province, China
2 Department of Teacher Education, Zhejiang Normal University, Jinhua City, Zhejiang Province, China

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Liuliu Sheng


Stereotype is a collection of positive or negative beliefs held by individuals about the characteristics of a certain group. Meta-stereotype is an individual's belief about the stereotype that members of the outer group hold on the group to which they belong (the inner group). Stereotyping can simplify the cognition of complicated things, but the accuracy of stereotypes and meta-stereotypes is also questionable. Stereotype and meta-stereotype will cause deviation to individual's information processing and then affect individual's behavior. Negative stereotypes and meta-stereotypes between groups will lead to tension between groups. Since the inaccuracy of stereotype and meta-stereotype deviates from the essence, it is more important to correct it, especially to change the negative stereotype and meta-stereotype. The presentation of anti-stereotype inconsistent information is an important prerequisite for the change of negative stereotype. The change of meta-stereotype requires individuals to perceive that they are being evaluated or have the possibility of being evaluated by members of other groups. Positive imaginative intergroup contact is an important way to change negative meta-stereotype.


Stereotype, meta-stereotype, anti-stereotype, imaginative intergroup contact


Liuliu Sheng, Jun Ren, How to Change Stereotypes and Meta-stereotypes. Applied & Educational Psychology (2022) Vol. 3: 44-52. DOI:


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