When we drive a car, there is a spot in your side wing mirrors which you cant see. These are commonly referred to as ‘blind spots’. Although we cant see them, it is really important we are aware of these and constantly check them when turning or changing lanes.
What is bias? Bias is a prejudice in favor of or against one thing, person, or group compared with another usually in a way that’s considered to be unfair. Biases may be held by an individual, group, or institution and can have negative or positive consequences.
What is unconscious bias? Unconscious bias is when we place prejudice in favour of or against one thing, person or group compared with another, however, we are often unconsciously making these prejudices.
We all have blind spots. We might not always be aware of these blind spots, but everyone has unconscious bias or “blind spots”.
Everyone is different, however we have the tendency to surround ourselves with people who are like us.
When we engage with people who are different to us, we use this unconscious bias or blind spot and treat people different- whether we are directly aware of this or not.
We might not be specifically aware of our blind spots or unconscious bias, however, they impact our decisions about people’s competence and ability.
The best way to deal with these unconscious biases is to engage with people you don’t normally interact with .
Challenge your blind spots!