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In general why do people like to judge people?

Asked by Iphone35 (134points) February 29th, 2008 from iPhone

if someone acts, talks/sounds or even looks different howcome judging them comes much easier rather than leaving them alone or accepting them

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Spargett's avatar

What else would we have to judge ourselves against? Naturally, we all need perspective and context to figure out where we all line up in the grand scheme of things.

I also think many people can’t resist an opportunity to make themselves feel better by putting someone else down. Why do you think Brittney Spears is still so popular? She’s America’s new emotional punching bag for every woman she made feel fat or ugly while she was on top of the world, in her prime, being every man’s fantasy.

Now it’s payback time.

I think from an evolutionary standpoint, being able to differentiate someone who was different in a bad was good for the social group since only the strongest survived. Of course, we’re past that now, but it was certainly worth mentioning.

squirbel's avatar

Humans are observers. We understand our world by comparing what is new to what we know. After making the comparison, we decide how we feel about it, and that is the “judging” part. It is natural and unavoidable – but diplomacy and tact go a long way in keeping your true judgements internalized.

Tact is what most people lack, and what causes the situations where people feel inadequate or judged.

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