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Showing favoritism
 
Favoritism is, as its name suggests, the showing of favor to certain people. Showing favor can be in the form of overly treating the person better, being nicer to the person, or even as simple as not punishing the person as much as you would to someone else.

Favoring a person usually happens because you want to reward them for being nice to you. Being human, it is only natural to like people because they actually show that they like us too. We want to feel good and therefore show preference for those who create that feeling in us. Furthermore, teachers or employers can show favoritism when they view a student or subordinate as being capable or innately good. This is because we are always inclined to feel positive about those who endorse our own beliefs about work ethics and values.

However, the consequences of showing favoritism can be highly negative. In a workplace, the group dynamics can be badly affected by the employer favoring a worker. The rest will see this as being unfair and unprofessional. It does not reflect well on the employer as he is not seen to be objective about matters in the workplace. In the same way, teachers who favor certain students run the risk of incurring the jealousy and displeasure of other pupils. The latter may then be hostile to the teacher and pupil involved, resulting in unhappy relations in the classroom.

Furthermore, the unhappiness created by favoritism is certainly unnecessary in any situation. The person favoring someone will lose his credibility as he is viewed as being unable to be a good model of behavior. It is acceptable to like certain people, but showing favoritism goes beyond tolerance. The person being favored could also be subjected to the hostility and sarcasm of his peers. The situation is certainly not favorable to him although he is favored !

It is most important that we do not create unnecessary problems for other people and ourselves by not imposing our own attitudes to other people.

     
innately   naturally
     
credibility   trustworthiness
     
imposing   inflicting
 
 

 

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