• Olga Potonska
Keywords: dysfunctional belief, intolerance, personal belief, rigidity, stereotyping, fear, tolerance, anxiety


In our world today, adults are increasingly faced with stress; the overwhelming flow of events obliges a person to act quickly and precisely, any wrong decision, any behavior that turns out to be even more problematic. And there are more and more of these stresses every day. And it is not clear how to act and be further. As a result, a person faces uncertainty and different psychological disorders. One of the main reasons of stressful situations, we believe, is stereotypical thinking, when a person acts according to a previously elaborated algorithm and the world becomes different every day and one has to act differently. By understanding the true causes of stereotypes, psychologists, psychotherapists can look at the problem in a broader way.

The aim of the study was to empirically examine the impact of stereotyping in different spheres of adult psychological life: cognitive, emotional, behavioral, interpersonal; to analyze the relationships between the childhood fears manifestation, stereotyping and psychological problems manifestation. The techniques that was used during the study are the following: Tomsk Questionnaire of Rigidity TOR by Zalewski G.V., Scale of Stimulus Types Ambiguity Tolerance MSTAT-I; New Questionnaire of Tolerance for Uncertainty NTN; Scales of Anxiety and Worries STAI; Dysfunctional Beliefs Questionnaire PBQ-BPD; Personal beliefs Examination SPB. The results of the study revealed that childhood and adult fears have a significant impact on the formation of stereotypical adult behavior. We also identified the following: the relationship between childhood fears and stereotyping; the influence of childhood fears on rigidity, tolerance, intolerance, the formation of dysfunctional and personal beliefs, and anxiety. There is some compelling evidence that stereotyping manifests itself in the cognitive, emotional, behavioral and interpersonal psychological spheres of human life, with different kinds of fears at its core. We introduced a stereotyping index (ratio of intolerance to tolerance).


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