The term ‘stereotype threat’ refers to being at risk of confirming, as self-characteristic, a negative stereotype about one’s group (Steele & Aronson, 1995). This chapter investigates whether the self-enforcement mechanism of stereotype threat might work as the transmission mechanism through which we internalise authoritarian behaviour.
How long would you enjoy playing a video game that has no rules? Or one that has but doesn’t let you know? Or it does, but it doesn’t tell you what your objective should be. Or the obstacles you should overcome.
The need to eliminate the sense of helplessness and to reinstate the sense of control explains many forms of, seemingly irrational, political behaviors. As a priority, getting rid of the feeling of helplessness beats many conscious and logical needs a voter could act upon.
The first way someone can try to do away with the sense of helplessness is gaining information edge.