First of all, I would like to apologize in advance if the content of this post may offend anyone.

 

As an International student, I spend a decent amount of time with other International students, especially in my undergrad years. Some of them suggested to watch this Indian Canadian stand-up comedian Russell Peters. He  is famous for making jokes and highlighting stereotypes about race, ethnicity, social class, and culture. He often incorporates his personal experiences and impersonates people from different cultures to illustrate his point.

Why do certain observed events become stereotypes? Well, sometimes, they hold some truth. Like Chinese people are good at math, Irish people consume large amount of alcohol. Russell Peters is able to use these stereotypes to make people laugh. He told this one joke (his personal experience) about how Chinese and Indian people are cheap that the two “cannot work together but can work with each other” in business. “Indians want to get a bargain when they buy stuff and Chinese people’s goal is to keep every penny.”

How does Russell Peters’ jokes relate to assessment? Well, they affect how we perceive people different from you (even people who are the same as you). All the cognitive biases we discussed the first day of class are proof. We start assessing someone when we see them. This may be a conscious process or it may not. Although certain stereotypes can potentially help us better understand our clients, as sport psychology consultants, we need to make our best effort to put all the stereotypes and biases aside and focus on what’s best for our client.

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