Wrong assumptions and unfair expectations
We all make assumptions about other people in life, and people also make assumptions about us in return. All of us have also placed unfair expectations—both positive and negative—on other people as well, and vice versa. That is just part of being human, and something we should be aware of, and yes, perhaps work on, too.
What I want to ask here though is if you have had any experiences that really stick out in your mind—something that really made a lasting impression on you—where someone made wrong assumptions about you, or placed unfair expectations on you?
For example, perhaps you:
Are an American who was living and working in a foreign country
Or, you were a white kid who ended up going to a predominately black high school
Or, you befriended, dated, or married someone who was not your socio-economic equal
You get the point. So, Question 1:
At some point in your life, where you ever in a situation where either an individual or a group of people made some really inaccurate and unfair assumptions about you as a person, or had some expectation of you that you felt was unwarranted? If so, can you briefly describe the situation, and tell us how you handled it, and the eventual outcome?
Same question, only in reverse. Have you ever made a really wrong assumption about someone or placed unfair expectations on them, only to get your comeuppance later on? If so, did that experience alter what and/or how you think of other people?
Alternately, you can answer Question 2 if you have observed a situation in which something like this happened, but in which you were not directly involved.