We all have biases. They’re a natural part of who we are and how we see the world. But when those biases are based on race, ethnicity, gender, or other factors, they can lead to unequal treatment in the workplace and society.
While we may not be aware of our biases, they can still impact our behaviour. That’s why it’s important to be aware of the ways these biases can manifest and what we can do to break them.
Here are eight ways to break your implicit bias:
The first step is to become aware of your own biases. We all have them, so there’s no need to feel ashamed or embarrassed. Once you’re aware of your biases, you can start to address them.
Educate yourself on the issue of bias and learn about the different types of bias. This will help you better understand your own biases and how they might be affecting your behaviour.
Once you’re aware of your biases, take some time to reflect on where they come from. What experiences or messages from your past might have contributed to these biases?
Challenge your assumptions
We all have assumptions about other people and the world around us. When these assumptions are based on stereotypes or other forms of bias, they can lead to problems. Challenge your assumptions by asking yourself why you believe them. Are they true?
Be open to new information
We can often hold onto our biases even when presented with new information that contradicts them. Be open to new information and be willing to change your beliefs if they’re proven to be inaccurate.
Be an ally
If you witness someone being the victim of bias, speak up and be an ally. This includes things like addressing sexist, racist, or homophobic jokes. Showing support for those who are marginalised can help create a more inclusive environment for everyone.
It can be difficult and emotionally taxing to address your own biases. Make sure to practice self-care and take breaks when needed. Find a supportive community of friends or family members with whom you can talk about your experiences.
Promote diversity and inclusion
You can help break down bias by promoting diversity and inclusion in your own life. This includes things like supporting businesses owned by minorities and women and being an advocate for policies that promote equality.
Break down bias one step at a time
Addressing your own biases is a process that takes time and effort. But it’s a worthwhile endeavour that can make a positive difference in your life and the world around you.
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