"Everyone judges people on appearances. However I don't."
The title of the thread says 'SOMETHING' not people specifically. And what I meant was that if you were looking at two pieces of cake, for example, you are going to be more attracted to the one that is nicer looking even though you haven't tasted them yet.
But when it comes to people, physical looks don't matter, so I don't judge them on how they look.
Regardless of how much you know about a person; even beyond their looks, even if you've met them and know their personality, you would still have incomplete data. Prejudice is all about judging based on incomplete data. Think about it: when will we ever completely know a person? A person could be a dangerous serial killer, but do we truly know that person enough to judge them? Technically, no. So, everyone is prejudice. It's all about the scales of how much you know.
As stated, it can be both positive and negative, and quite frankly, even positive ones can be bad, because you're overrating a person in comparison to everybody else (also known as the "Halo Effect").
The only way to combat it is to simply acknowledge it and factor it in your judgments. You can't get rid of it, but at least know when you're under it. You must also be open to always changing and adapting it as you gain more information on the said person. Lastly, you must understand what is "enough" information for judgment. Clothes can potentially be enough information if the pattern continues for an absurd amount of time. If a person wears gaming shirts, enjoys math and science, and I speaks in japanese phrases, they're likely a geek.
If I only see ONE of the aforementioned things, I may not have enough information to judge them as a geek; and even if the said person was a geek, can I say more than what I already know? No, they could still like to party. They could still be religious. They could still be something else. Until they explicitly state that they not, you can't completely rule it out.
So it's all about understanding the scope of what you actually know and changing accordingly. Use stereotyping as an advantage. All humans follow trends no matter what; just don't treat them as absolute.
Oh, and I beg of you to give people a chance no matter what negative thing you associate with them. This goes further than just "judging": this includes friendship and romance as well.
Have you ever seen someone who was Asian? That stereotypical thing would be either extremely smart or a tennis/ping pong player.
The black guy, the one who stole your VCR and the nice sneakers he's wearing? Also, he's good at basketball and football, and can't swim.
Of course we judge by appearance, it's our preliminary information source and one of the most visceral.
Still the point is since we have the ability to think critically and do more than pound our chests, we also have the ability to shed our first impressions when we get to peer more deeply into whatever it is we've judged.
What's this about eyes then? what does it say?What's this about torn clothes, and better looking slices of cakes? If you're judging a person, the first thing you should do is judge their face. ~ sorry but it's true. Everything you need to know is on their face. specifically their eyes. It's just , most people avoid eye contact nowadays , but it's really all you need to get to know someone. You're all making this way to hard, Life isn't supposed to be that difficult, so you shouldn't over simplify it.
What's this about eyes then? what does it say?