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ERIC Number: ED001962
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1957-Jan
Pages: 29
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FEAR AND PREJUDICE.
HIRSH, SELMA
AN ANALYSIS OF FEAR AND PREJUDICE WAS MADE THROUGH A SERIES OF ATTITUDE QUESTIONNAIRES, PRIVATE INTERVIEWS CONDUCTED BY TRAINED PSYCHOLOGISTS, AND A SERIES OF PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTS. RESULTS SHOWED THAT PREJUDICE STARTED IN THE FIRST FEW YEARS OF A CHILD'S LIFE THROUGH HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH HIS PARENTS. THE ADULTS LOW IN PREJUDICE HAD STABLE OUTLOOKS ON LIFE, AND REALIZED THAT ALL HUMAN BEINGS WERE NOT INFALLIBLE. A LACK OF LOVE AND SECURITY COULD USUALLY BE FOUND IN THE BACKGROUNDS OF PREJUDICED PEOPLE, BECAUSE OF THIS INSECURITY, THEY PERPETUALLY EXAGGERATED THE IMPORTANCE OF AUTHORITY. THEY HAD A NEED TO BELONG THAT MADE THEM CRITICIZE AND OSTRACIZE OTHERS. ECONOMIC INSECURITY WAS OFTEN AT THE ROOT OF AN INDIVIDUAL'S PREJUDICE. LACK OF MONEY WAS COMPOUNDED BY THE LACK OF AFFECTION AND UNDERSTANDING. THUS RESENTMENT TOWARDS THE "GRASPING" AND "ACQUISITIVE" NATURE OF THE JEWS STEMMED FROM A FEELING THAT MONEY MADE THE MAN. THE INDIVIDUAL WHO WAS THE SUPERPATROIT OR THE ANTIPATRIOT WOULD ASSUME EITHER ROLE TO EXPOSE ALL OF SOCIETY'S WEAK SPOTS, THEREBY DIVERTING ATTENTION FROM HIS OWN. PREJUDICE CAN BE REDUCED BY ACCEPTING THE HARSH FACTS CONCERNING THE WORLD, ONE'S COUNTRY, AND ONESELF. IN THE AREA OF PARENT-CHILD RELATIONSHIPS SYMPATHY, UNDERSTANDING, AND ACCEPTANCE OF ONESELF AND OF OTHERS SHOULD BE LEARNED BY THE CHILD EARLY ENOUGH SO AS TO BECOME PERMANENT CHARACTER TRAITS. COMMUNICATION BETWEEN PARENTS, TEACHERS, COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION, AND LEGISLATION SHOULD BE INCREASED. THIS PAMPHLET WAS EXCERPTED FROM "THE FEARS MEN LIVE BY."
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Identifiers: New York (New York)