After watching this Ted talk, I realized that this issue is a rather common one. Gossip seems to be the most common form of this in modern day America. Once somebody tells you their side of the story it is difficult to see it any other way. If you become stuck with a one-sided viewpoint then it is very easy to create a stereotype of someone. I have been guilty of doing this, it is a skill to remove yourself and see it from a neutral viewpoint.
There have been a multitude of times that I have been told certain things about someone. They stretch anywhere from "He is crazy" to "She is stupid". Fortunately, a person is made up of more than one trait/characteristic. Unfortunately, it may be difficult to see them as anything different until proven otherwise even if there is no "proof" that these people do not even possess these traits that you have been told. As I have seen on many of these other blog posts, I feel as if the best plan of action is to witness things for yourself. Everyone has a different definition of different people and there is more to everyone than just the surface things. Even if there are any negative qualities this person may possess, there is most likely a reason for it. It is up to us to change our viewpoints!