How to handle negative stereotypes of your occupation

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Delivery drivers are always late. Hairdressers are college dropouts. Farmers treat their animals cruelly. And civil servants just sit around stamping documents all day long. Occupational stereotypes like these can not only be annoying when it’s your occupation that’s targeted, but extremely stressful. How should you handle them? First it’s important to understand where stereotypes come from, says mental coach Melanie Kohl. “We have stereotypes because we like to categorize – and thereby simplify – everything,” she explains. “So we pigeonhole people. It starts in childhood, when we pick it up f…

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