Double standards aren’t just infuriating; they can also dent your performance by distracting your attention. So how can you deal with them constructively? HBR has ideas.
By Jessica Stillman (Editor, Women 2.0)
Double standards aren’t just infuriating; they also can dent your performance through stereotype threat. That’s the psychological term for the anxiety that individual performance will be generalized to the whole group – or, to give a day-to-day example, it’s the problem faced by the girl who does less well on her math test because she’s worried that if she fails everyone will think girls are lousy at math.
That’s an example from school, but double standards and the anxiety they produce unfortunately aren’t confined to classrooms.