Everyone experiences unconscious bias!
Stereotypes are automatic, unintentional and engrained through familiar and social learning, these unconscious thoughts can influence your behavior negatively impacting your relationships.
Unconscious bias is discussed in business circles particularly around gender wage gaps, hiring, promotion decisions, a lack of diversity in management levels and lack of cultural and intellectual diversity within teams. If you are engaging with other unconscious bias is extremely important to identify in oneself. Engaging in self-awareness exercises, discussions and feedback can assist individuals to have a greater understanding of their perspectives on the world, as well as, why and how our unconscious bias influences behavior.
None of us are perfect!
I have been fortunate enough to engage in educational awareness and apply my knowledge in alternate contexts. I know I experience moments of unconscious bias. I am familiar with several biases that influence my thoughts and could impact my interaction with others. I am able to link my prejudices to cultural, social and familial influences or experiences. These perspectives or stereotypes are learned therefore can be altered.
Compassion for self.
I am also fortunate enough to practice compassion for self. I did not always possess an awareness of unconscious bias and its influence on my thinking and behavior. I have not always been respectful of others.
You have to be willing to lean into the discomfort or fear of discovering who you truly are. This can be difficult as you may not like what you discover.
Enhancing our awareness of others is also key in decreasing the power of our unconscious bias. Exposing ourselves to a variety of cultures whether that be through, travel, attending cultural events in your city, celebrating or joining friends from diverse cultures in their homes, volunteering with new Canadians and listening to their stories, are all strategies to bring an awareness to our unconscious biases.
Be cognizant of where messages regarding others are originating. We know that many historical books do not represent or tell all. Our parents and friends aren't likely experts either and have their own unconscious biases due to their social and cultural education .
Having an accurate depiction of a culture’s history is important as generational trauma has an impact on future generations biology and behaviors.
I did the best I could with the information I had at the time. I am making better choices because I know better and that is part of the journey. Lean into the discomfort of your unconscious bias, say hello and tell unconscious bias you are aware of its influence on thoughts therefore behaviours.
“Imperfect Perspectives" will consist of written and video format. The writing and videos will be imperfect as I am the composer and director and I am perfectly imperfect! Be genuine, have the hard conversations and be compassionate to self and other. Be empowered!