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Tendency #2: to rely on labels and categories in making judgments about ourselves and others

We all rely on categories and labels to make sense of and quickly navigate the world around us. However, we have the tendency to make judgments about others very quickly based on the groups we think they belong to, and these impressions can be difficult to change, even when they are totally baseless. We can also use negative labels for ourselves when things don’t go well, which can have harmful consequences.

Consequences: