Understanding what underlies someone’s tolerance and prejudices at an individual was the basis of two recent research studies.
Employees attitudes towards diversity were assessed, and correlated with a variety of personal and demographic measures, including intelligence, personality, values, salary, age and education.
What emerged was a model of an “intolerant person”, with negative attitudes towards a wide range of sub-groups across the board.
We also learned more about the role of gender in tolerance, and confirmed our theory that social dominance, ego threat, self-esteem and conservatism play important roles in intolerance.
Let’s dive into the research findings in more detail.