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Evaluation of Social Connection and Dehumanization, by Adam Waytz and Nicholas Epley

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Subject area Self Improvement
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Introduction: The research article entitled "Social Connection Enables Dehumanization" by Adam Waytz and Nicholas Epley concentrates on the idea of dehumanization and the probable causes of the attribution of sub-human such as qualities to human people. The report concentrates not on an aggressor versus victim dehumanization as to which the writers reference the picture of two Nazi doctors measuring the vital signs of a priest up to his neck in ice water (Waytz & Epley 2011), but rather concentrate on what causes dehumanization between the aggressor and other social equivalents. The content then hypothesizes that if a social connection is activated, the individual is more likely to dehumanize people that are socially distant from the individual. This was thought to be true, for people who are happy with their social groups or sociableness generally are not as likely to connect with outside people, therefore leading to a dehumanization of those who are out of the social group. Integration: Immediately after reading the introduction to the guide, the first word to come to mind was "out-group". This term is referenced several times in our cubicle, and in class. During chapter five (stereotypes, bias, and discrimination), the expression is always used. The out-group has a propensity to be exposed to stereotypes, discrimination, and prejudice by the in-group. A stereotype is defined as a belief based on attributing traits to some group of individuals, in a sense making a generalization about the people that include a group. Dehumanization could be a consequence of stereotyping. A person does not observe an individual when one is stereotyping a group of people. Therefore, it is easier to discriminate ag...

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