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Double standard examples

  • A person who judges and criticizes another person for doing something, even though this person does that very same thing repeatedly and doesn’t see an issue with it when they’re the ones doing it.
  • Treating similar employees differently when they do the same thing, by punishing one and rewarding the other, even though there is no proper, valid reason.

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To find out if you're dealing with a double standard or not, consider these 2 questions:

  • Are two (or even more) things (persons, situations etc.) being treated differently?
  • If there is a different treatment, is there a proper, valid justification for it?

The double standard is a principle or policy that is applied in a different way to similar things, with no legitimate explanation. Thus, a double standard happens when two or more individuals or groups, are handled differently, when they should be handled the same way.

  • Using double standards intentionally involves an informed, conscious decision to do so and happens mostly when a person thinks that the double standards could help them achieve some goal (helping someone that they favor, hurting someone that they dislike etc.)
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  • Make sure that you're really dealing with a double standard and start asking the person in question to explain their reasoning.
  • Emphasize the logical and moral concerns related to the double standard you're considering and help the person applying the standard internalize those con...

Make sure that whenever you treat similar things differently, you have valid justification for doing so.

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