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Unconscious Bias? There is no such thing!

Updated: Apr 5, 2021

Unconscious bias training - the darling of the Diversity & Inclusion profession and mandatory training for many in the workplace but is it an effective solution to the perennial problem of racism in the workplace? No. Unconscious bias is founded on the idea that discrimination is unintentional and there lies the fallacy of the training. The unconscious has a compensatory effect on the conscious personality - the unconscious will compensate an individual’s discriminatory behaviour in an attempt to balance out the one sidedness of their personality. What does this mean? The biased individual's unconscious psyche will show signs of impartiality. The unconscious does not discriminate; it is highly dynamic, objective, open, discerning and creative.

Ellenberger's The Discovery of the Unconscious is a must read for the D&I profession if only to re-imagine how to address individual or group discriminatory behaviour in the workplace.

#JungianBitsofInformation a blog dedicated to exploring the unconscious in the workplace - specifically the dynamics between the individual psyche and workplace.


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