Kathie Lee & Hoda: Humans Genetically Programmed To Be Judgmental
Everyone has heard the cliche ‘don’t judge a book by it’s cover’ but new studies have revealed that might be a lot easier said than done. New research has shown that humans are genetically hardwired to be judgmental and critical of other people, groups and anything else we deem not to be normal. Hoda pointed out the study is diving into dangerous territory, asking if the study is implying people can be genetically racist.
Michele Promaulayko, Editor in Chief of Women’s Health, said we have a genetic predisposition to be a certain way but she said the new study suggests we actually harbor feelings towards others instead of being born with them.
Dr. Dale Atkins said when a person is on high alert because something seems foreign to them, we revert to these deep-seeded notions that have been reinforced by our culture, our upbringing, our parents and anything else that could have influenced how we act and feel.
Promaulayko said it goes all the way to “caveman days” when cavemen would see something or someone that didn’t look like them and they would shun that person.
Kathie Lee & Hoda: Are We Naturally Judgmental?
Kathie Lee posed a question about “discriminating” against different restaurants when trying to pick a place to eat. Is that the same thing?
Dr. Atkins said the judgmental part of the brain helps make decisions and it helps the brain differentiate between different things. For example, if a woman walked in with a short skirt and low cut shirt many people may think she is easy, even if it is not the case. When we befriend these people we judge, the study showed we begin to reverse the deep-seeded feelings we have about different topics and different people.
Promaulayko said it is important to condition yourself to use your higher mind and to not use the judgmental primitive mind. Everyone is going to be exposed to thinking certain things, but it is our job to not buy into those feelings and thoughts. Dr. Atkins said we won’t be able to help thinking a judgmental thought, but we can analyze our brains and retrain them to think different ways. “Exposing yourself to different people, in different groups, can change your behaviors,” Dr. Atkins said.