Like attitudes in general, prejudice has three components: beliefs, feelings, and "behavioral tendencies."
The terms prejudice and stereotype are often confused and used interchangeably.
Prejudice is also a theme in the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, in which a man is wrongly tried and convicted because of his race.
John E. Farley classified prejudice into three categories.
Social scientists view prejudice as the possession of negative attitudes targeted against members of a particular religious, racial, ethnic, social, and/or political group.
Prejudice is an unfair, intolerant, or unfavorable attitude toward a group of people.
Individuals that have a prejudice against specific groups will tend to experience intense negative feelings when they come into contact with these groups, either directly or indirectly.
When a prejudiced white employer interviews an African American, for example, the employer attribute to the job candidate all the traits associated with the employer’s African American stereotype.
Prejudices are usually based on general stereotypical conceptions of our everyday reality, including ourselves, other persons, objects processes, facts, value-norms, rules.
The behavioral component of prejudice has engendered the most research interest.
Conversely, prejudice is non-adaptive when it interferes with survival or well-being.
Here the concern is the tendency of prejudiced individuals to act in a negative manner toward targets of their prejudice.
The balance of the facts, when finally made known to her, challenges and ultimately overturns this prejudice.
Prejudice is defined as interpersonal hostility that is directed against individuals based on their membership in another group.
Prejudice is an attitude, whereas discrimination is a behavior.