Empathy and Bias

Empathy by definition is the ability to understand and share the feelings of another. Dr. Maha made us experience empathy through reading Lina Mounzer’s article when we felt how terrible it is to be in the same situations she were in. Empathy vary as it is an emotional and mental factor that is being controlled by our imagination-ability and creativity. People who tend to be more emotional tend to be have more Empathy while people whom are heartless tend to not-care about how would someone else feel about several stuff. By the same token, Bias by definition is inclination or prejudice for or against one person or group, especially in a way considered to be unfair. Dr. Maha made us experience Bias when she introduced the video of the Nigerian Scholar who were been biased to by her fellow students in the university as they had a prejudgment of how would a person from “Africa” would look like, even her doctor did not like her book and asked her to make it more “African” as it was not tragic enough. Moreover, The video of  the Indian Professor showed how fast and mistakenly can someone be bias towards people as our mind subconsciously calls the image, reputation…. etc  that were already embedded in our minds of certain groups or people.  However, we are all Bias, we can never not be! Not being bias is almost impossible as in order to be unbiased we have to know or meet everyone on the planet as people vary, mentally, emotionally, and/or in the looks. Bias is a factor that is being controlled by our subconscious based on the way we have perceived certain groups or people based on several factors including how we were first introduced to different groups.  

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