Sometimes you are convinced that 2+2=5 when others will tell you different. This is known and an unconscious bias - you come into a situation with a fixed belief and hold onto that even though you are being told or shown different.
There are different kinds of bias. They are as follows, but before listing these various types of bias let's take a look at what it is.
Oxford Languages states that a bias is, "inclination or prejudice for or against one person or group, especially in a way considered to be unfair"
Back to that list of different biases!
1) Affinity Bias - "birds of a feather flock together" we will generally befriend and socailise with people like us. We will feel most comfortable with those who look and sound like us.
2) Confirmation Bias - Finding information that supports our agenda or world view.
The Venn diagram to the right gives you a great visual of what confirmation bias does to our perspective on life.
Being able to see this is happening is a great skill and one what will assist us to work with many more people objectively and with unbiased clarity of our role.
There are other biases like the 'weight' bias, this can be common in our industry. We see people who are over weight and can start to judge them as lazy. We know how much work goes into looking good and we may think over weight people just don't put in the work. There may be an element of truth, there may not, but until we get to know people we don't know their story. There may well be very good reasons why people are the way they are.
Respectful care delivers care that exudes acceptance, absolute worth and autonomy. This allows the client to open up and feel heard when you are working with them. If you have overcome all the biases in the book you will be free to serve and make real differences in peoples live....