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Wimmer, Birgit and Haupt, Tobias C. and Spörrle, Matthias (2008): Irrationality as a determinant of gender stereotyping towards women. International Congress of Psychology, 20. - 25. July 2008, Berlin, Germany.
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Abstract

Irrational thinking can be considered to be the key concept of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) and has been conceptualized as rigid und inflexible adherence to absolutistic thinking and person evaluations. Based on this definition we predicted a positive relation between irrationality and gender stereotyping towards women. Established reliable scales were used to assess the constructs in a non-student sample (N = 240). In line with assumptions we were able to detect a significant positive relation between irrationality and gender stereotyping while controlling for the Big Five, life satisfaction, sex and age. Implications for interventions concerning stereotypes are outlined.