increased muscle tension ). B u s i n e s s F i n a n c e

increased muscle tension ). B u s i n e s s F i n a n c e

How Has Prejudice Affected Your Level of Stress?

Almost everyone has experienced prejudice. Some of us have been the victims of bias because of our skin color, others because of our sex, some because of our religion, and others because of our physical appearance. Maybe we have a disability that has resulted in us being the brunt of prejudice, or perhaps we have been disadvantaged because of our athletic ability or intellectual capacity. When we experience prejudiced behavior, our stress level rises, and the biased actions become the life situation that is perceived as distressing. In turn, we experience emotional arousal (e.g., anger), which leads to physiological arousal (increased muscle tension). The consequences could be the development of a psychosomatic illness or any of the their potential consequences described in earlier chapters.

What to Do

  1. Describe an instance when you experienced prejudice against you.
  2. How did you react? What did you do?
  3. What were the consequences you experienced? Think of physical, psychological, and social consequences.
  4. Describe how you could have reacted in a more appropriate or healthier way.


  • Read the rubric. To access rubric, click on the menu (three dot icon) on the top right of the page and then select “Show Rubric.”
  • Post by Wednesday evening at 11:59 pm Pacific Time
  • Respond to at least 2 classmates by Saturday 11:59PM Pacific Time
  • All the replies should have academic contents and provide reasoning. Comments like “I agree with you” or “I like your post” do not get any points!
  • Be honest: As you write, tell yourself the absolute truth. Honesty leads to your most significant discoveries about yourself and your success.
  • Be creative: Add favorite quotation, sayings, and poem. Use color, drawing, clip art, and pictures.
  • Dive deep: When you think you have exhausted a topic, write more. Your most valuable thoughts will often take the longest to surface. So most of all- DIVE DEEP!
  • Use proper grammar and punctuation – not using text language.