Being Dismissive Based Upon Age

Being Dismissive Based Upon Age | Career Angles

By Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

“That’s the old way things are done. What was he doing?”

“I bet she wishes she handled that differently. Because she’s old, she has no moral authority to speak to this issue.

The first was said about me by someone who didn’t take the time to ask if there was something he could learn from what he saw. A less experienced person sitting in judgment.

The second was part of a description in The New Yorker of a meeting children had with Senator Feinstein of California who has given her life in service to the country and has been an advocate for moral authority in decision-making on many issues.

Yet, now she is written about dismissively based upon her age after patiently and politely explaining that was being proposed had no chance of passage.

I know I have been guilty of being dismissive based upon age both older and younger and am now able to see my complicity with ageism.

Notice your own behaviors toward those older and younger and recognize the bias in your behavior and your thoughts. That’s the first step.


Ⓒ The Big Game Hunter, Inc., Asheville, NC 2019, 2022


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

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