Our 'Blindspot': Hidden Biases with Real-Life Consequences

Thursday, March 21, 2013

This week, The Takeaway has looked at the workplace, how it's changed over the past few decades, and how working parents balance career and family life.

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg's new book encourages women to "Lean In" at work, partly to counter the stereotypes many working women face as they navigate family and career.

According to Anthony Greenwald, professor of psychology at the University of Washington, and Mahzarin Banaji, professor of social ethics at Harvard University, the vast majority of us have to work hard to counteract our biases because most of the stereotypes we hold are deeply ingrained.

Professors Greenwald and Banaji are the authors of "Blindspot: The Hidden Biases of Good People," a new book that examines innate prejudice, and how to counteract it.


Mahzarin Banaji and Anthony Greenwald

Produced by:

Jillian Weinberger

Comments [2]

Anne Weisberg from New York

Women’s advancement into leadership is not just about the biases we all hold about women and men; it’s also about the biases we all hold about what leadership looks like. At the FutureWork Institute, we conduct hidden bias training and have seen the impact that surfacing these biases can have on both individuals and organizations. Only when we are all aware of both these biases will women be able to truly lean in without the fear of falling over.

Mar. 22 2013 08:26 AM
Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

My blind spots are necessary. On one hand, I would like to know what they are, on the other, I'm wondering if knowing "everything" about myself is such a good idea.

Mar. 21 2013 01:59 PM

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