What is the purpose of social psychology? Discuss how the impact of persistent discrimination can negatively impact motivation and self-esteem. What potential life outcomes can be the result?

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Discrimination can impede a person's motivation and damage their self-esteem because its negative impact often begins in childhood, before the person is aware that it is occurring. Discrimination may be experienced by the person who is negatively affected by someone close to them such as a parent or other relative....

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Discrimination can impede a person's motivation and damage their self-esteem because its negative impact often begins in childhood, before the person is aware that it is occurring. Discrimination may be experienced by the person who is negatively affected by someone close to them such as a parent or other relative. Discrimination on the basis of varied factors may be experienced in school; for example, a teacher may exhibit implicit bias against a student with a physical disability, assuming that it correlates with an intellectual disability. A student who experiences a teacher's discriminatory behavior may lose confidence in their own success.

In school, gender discrimination also may negatively affect a student's motivation. Explicit and implicit bias in STEM subjects has been extensively documented; female students who are repeatedly told that "girls aren't good at science" may unconsciously internalize those attitudes and not enroll in science classes—which in turn may be vital to pursuing a science-related career.

Discrimination in the workplace also can have damaging effects. When an employer fails to promote a worker because of racial, gender, religious, or other discrimination, the worker may become discouraged and be dissuaded from applying for promotion. Conversely, the worker might be empowered and initiate legal proceedings against the discriminating employer.

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