Dynamics of prejudice: A proposed definition and the counselor's role in the evolution of attitudes

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This paper provides some definitions of the components of prejudice, including aspects of counselor prejudice. The paper contends that counselors should use this definition to increase awareness of their own feelings, attitudes, and behaviors associated with levels of prejudice. Since these prejudices can influence counselors' belief systems, counselors must examine prejudices in-depth. Counselors have a responsibility to learn more about which groups receive the most prejudice and oppression in our society and that they should acknowledge members of those groups. By resolving to be role models and leaders, by helping clients, students, and colleagues learn more about prejudice, and by facilitating subsequent constructive change through integration and understanding of the dynamics of prejudice into all aspects of professional and personal realms, counselors can develop the necessary courage to more authentically examine their own behaviors and attitudes and to change on all levels once new information is learned.