Warmth and competence: Stereotype content issues for clinicians and researchers

Susan T. Fiske

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Stereotypes are often accidents of history, based on passing configurations of groups' societal interdependence and status. This article overviews our framework for understanding all this: the Stereotype Content Model, focused on two fundamental dimension of intergroup and interpersonal cognition, perceived warmth (from interdependence) and perceived competence (from relative status); then it discusses immigrant images as a case study; next, the article focuses on the toxic and potentially curative effects of each dimension.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)14-20
Number of pages7
JournalCanadian Psychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Psychology


  • competence
  • groups
  • social cognition
  • stereotyping
  • warmth


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