Inductive Stereotype




Thebehaviors, reasoning, and conviction of a few individuals that make agiven group can serve as a sample for everyone in that group. Forinstance, a group made of a hundred persons, and then you realizethat ten people in that group are substance addicts, a big percentageof group members do also abuse drugs. The action of judging thecharacters of a big group based on the tendencies of a fewindividuals associated with the group results in inductivestereotyping.

Recently,I was discussing sports with my best friend. I inquired from him whyhe does not participate in co-curricular activities since we joinedhigh school, and yet he is very talented in soccer and basketball, heanswered confidently that all the best performing studentsparticipate in sports. In fact, he is an average performer, but hebelieved that if he could dedicate the time he spent at the field hecould join the top performing students’ category. Every day, hededicates up to eighteen hours into reading and his performance hasbeen nose-diving since he gave up everything so that he couldconcentrate on learning.

However,I was amused by the analogy he used to justify his behaviors. Iadvised him to reconsider his decision because he was being driven byan “inductive stereotype” notion. Several students that areperforming well in our school are not active in the football, butthey participate in alternative co-curricular sports such as debateor music. In addition, they spend few hours concentrating on reading.

AfterI had told my friend that his argument was incorrect, he was amazedafter discovering that the games captain is often at the top tenpositions. It seemed that he had also noted that his performance wasretrogressing. He agreed that he was an inductive stereotypingvictim. After our conversation, he realized that he could stillparticipate in sports and maintain excellent academic performance.The following day, he resumed to playing soccer as usual.