How would you go about living with a person who is stereotypical?In your opinion, do stereotypical people love and respect, or do they force others to like and respect them? Please elaborate and...

How would you go about living with a person who is stereotypical?

In your opinion, do stereotypical people love and respect, or do they force others to like and respect them? Please elaborate and explain in a journal response form from your personal experience.

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This is a challenge.  I think that if one has to live with someone and that person might be stereotypical, a conscious choice has to be made.  The first choice would be to ignore the problem.  If the individual has to live with the stereotyper and there is little other way around it, this might be the path of least resistance.  One has to deal with their rants and raves, but perhaps, one can take steps to minimize this by understanding the roommates' "hot button topics" and avoiding them.  For example, if the roommate stereotypes athletes, perhaps avoiding the discussion of sports as best as one can might be a path along these lines.  Another choice would be to discuss with the roommate how the articulation of stereotyping views makes them feel uncomfortable.  Hearing these view points might constitute a very awkward emotional atmosphere, and being able to tell the roommate that while it is their choice to believe what they wish, they can keep it to themselves or at least not say it in the presence of the other.  This might be another approach that could be navigated.  I see the last choice to be able to confront the stereotypes head on and open up a dialogue that might be challenging and intense, but could be the only way for both parties to exist.  The drawback here is that much in way of wounds and drastic action could be present, but if one feels that this is an appropriate course of action or if they "can't takes it no more" then this could constitute another path to be taken.