Today's post, Imaginary Positions was originally published on 23 December 2008. A summary (taken from the LW wiki):
People who are not members of a minority group may somehow come to believe that members of this group possess certain traits which seem to "fit". These traits are not required to have any connection to the real traits of that group.
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Just read the OP. My primary response is OH GOD WHY.
I realize now that I have had several possibly-Imaginary Position misconceptions in the past, including the following:
I've behaved in a manner consistent with my belief that other people would always be reasonable and rational. I updated that belief only slightly slower than I should have.