Institute of Psychology, Wrocław University
Institute of Organization and Management, Wrocław Technical University
In the context of results of the research which has shown that implicit beliefs about the malleability/stability of human traits play a vital role in stereotype formation and expression it was hypothesised that beliefs about stability/malleability of whole nations’ traits also may influence stereotypes and attitudes toward different nations. The beliefs about stability or malleability of ones own nation or other national traits were induced and then value of stereotypes and attitudes toward other nations were measured. The participants convinced about the malleability of other nations’ traits showed more positive stereotype and attitudes towards all foreign nations than those who believed that national traits are stable. Conversely participants who were convinced that their own national traits are fixed presented a more positive attitude towards other nations that those who believed that Polish characteristics may change and evolve.
Keywords: stereotypes, attitude towards other nations, beliefs about stability and malleability of national traits
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Lachowicz-Tabaczek, K., Cisek, S. (2006). The influence of beliefs about stability-malleability of national characteristics on stereotypes and attitudes towards other nations. Psychologia Społeczna, 2, 23-32.