Helplessness is a many-splendored thing

The kind of helplessness that you internalize in your daily life comes in many shapes. It is involuntarily induced by state measures even at the best of times – but purposely accelerated by unscrupulous strongmen when you are ready to be slowly boiled.

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How Stereotypes Create the World You Fear

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.

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