Whistling Vivaldi: And Other Clues to How Stereotypes Affect Us by Claude M. Steele

Whistling Vivaldi: And Other Clues to How Stereotypes Affect Us by Claude M. Steele

I read Whistling Vivaldi by Claude M. Steele for my First Year Seminar class which is looking at identity and how it changes how you interact with the world. This book focuses on something called stereotype threat which means that when someone feels like they are threatened with the ability to confirm a stereotype about themselves they do worse than their potential because it gives them unconscious anxiety. The psychologists looked at many different scenarios based on race and gender and found out a lot about stereotype threat, and they have also started to look at ways to alleviate stereotype threat. This book was very interesting but I did not like the writing style, it was very thorough sometimes to the point of being too repetitive. This book is very interesting and I would recommend reading it if you are interested in psychology, and it does make it better to have someone to discuss it with.

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