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Breaking the Barrier of Bias introduction
Our unconscious biases build barriers between us and the people
we meet or work with every day. When we are unaware of the ways
we demonstrate our biases, we miss opportunities to build bridges
with people. We also often miss opportunities to expand our knowledge
of our communities and our understanding of ourselves.
It usually is not our intention to ignore or insult others. But
it happensall the time. Most of the time we dont even
know we have offended someone!
If they tell us they are offended, we usually get defensive. We
focus on our intent, and we may accuse the other person of being
over sensitive. Most of us dont ask the questions
which will help us understand the situation from another point of
view. And very few of us are willing to apologize, then change our
The primary purpose of this book is to help you recognize the ways
biases come through in your conversations and your interactions
I believe when we each become more aware of the biases we dont
usually think about, we also become better able to manage our relationships
with people representing groups whose cultural norms differ from
Very often people think valuing differences and managing diversity
is about learning to get along with, to understand or to tolerate
other people. Actually, some of the most important lessons come
as a result of recognizing the ways you are different from others
and developing the ability to share those differences in a nonjudgmental
After reading this book you will probably begin to have more awareness
of your own silent biases. You may become more interested in the
ways others are different from you. And you should have some clear
ideas about how to initiate more positive contact with people different
from yourself in order to build bridges across cultural boundaries.
Through the stories within these pages I hope you will find a piece
of you. I hope you will smile. I hope you will think. I hope you
will learn. And I hope you will share your insights with others.
Breaking the Barrier of Bias (ISBN:1-889819-07-7) is $14.95.
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