Favoritism is, as its name suggests, the showing of favor to certain people.
Showing favor can be in the form of overly treating the person better, being
nicer to the person, or even as simple as not punishing the person as much as
you would to someone else.
Favoring a person usually happens because you want
to reward them for being nice to you. Being human, it is only natural to like
people because they actually show that they like us too. We want to feel good
and therefore show preference for those who create that feeling in us.
Furthermore, teachers or employers can show favoritism when they view a student
or subordinate as being capable or innately
good. This is because we are always inclined to feel positive about those who
endorse our own beliefs about work ethics and values.
However, the consequences of showing favoritism can be highly negative. In a
workplace, the group dynamics can be badly affected by the employer favoring a
worker. The rest will see this as being unfair and unprofessional. It does not
reflect well on the employer as he is not seen to be objective about matters in
the workplace. In the same way, teachers who favor certain students run the risk
of incurring the jealousy and displeasure of other pupils. The latter may then
be hostile to the teacher and pupil involved, resulting in unhappy relations in
Furthermore, the unhappiness created by favoritism is certainly unnecessary
in any situation. The person favoring someone will lose his
credibility as he is viewed as being unable
to be a good model of behavior. It is acceptable to like certain people, but
showing favoritism goes beyond tolerance. The person being favored could also be
subjected to the hostility and sarcasm of his peers. The situation is certainly
not favorable to him although he is favored !
It is most important that we do not create unnecessary problems for other
people and ourselves by not imposing our own
attitudes to other people.