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The danger of a single story

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

After watching the video “The danger of a single story” by Chimamanda Adichie, one point that stood out to me was that “we only hear or see one story about a group of people or a place”, it creates stereotypes and limits our understanding of that group. I believe that we all have biases that can limit our understanding of others, so by recognizing and challenging these biases, people can open up to new experiences to understand the world better. An example related to this is my experience during my time in school. I had a classmate whom I didn’t get along with very well. She seemed very unfriendly to me and I didn’t make much effort to get to know her better because I assumed that she didn’t like me. However, one day we were assigned to work on a project together, and I had the opportunity to get to know her better. As we worked together, she opened up to me and shared some personal stories about her life. I realized that my assumptions about her had been wrong and that I had been forming a single story about her based on limited interactions and observations. After that project, we became friends and continued to work together on other assignments. I discovered new aspects of her personality when I didn’t judge her based on my first impressions. In conclusion, being open to different perspectives can help people understand others better, break down stereotypes and prejudices.   


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