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Conventional Definition

December 9, 2010

X is a commonly held popular belief about specific social groups or types of individuals. The concept of  X is often confused with many other different meanings. Xs are standardized and simplified conceptions of groups based on some prior assumptions.

Different disciplines give different accounts of how Xs develop: Psychologists may focus on an individual’s experience with groups, patterns of communication about those groups, and intergroup conflict.

In literature and art, Xs are predictable characters or situations.

Sometimes such Xs can be sophisticated, such as Shakespeare’s Shylock in The Merchant of Venice.

The term X derives from the Greek words meaning “firm, solid” and “impression”, hence “solid impression”.

Now, gimme the word.

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  1. cerebralpursuits permalink
    December 9, 2010 8:07 pm

    Stereotype 🙂

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