What is Stigma

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What Is Stigma?:

What I s Stigma? Maritza Gomez PSY 4931

What Is Stigma? :

What Is S tigma? Stigma is a term used to describe individuals who do not correspond with society’s social norms. Although in history it was more often used in the physical sense for bodily evidence, it is now used more in the sense of disgrace for a person’s physical or cognitive attributes that are different from what is perceived as normal. The setting in which you find yourself in is what will set a foundation for what is normal and what is not. Based on this setting, different sets of norms are established

Origins/History of Stigma:

Origins/History of Stigma The Greeks were very reliant on visual aspects of society and decided to come up with the term stigma. They used this word to differentiate and expose bodily signs of people who were “unusual” They burned or cut onto the body of the signifier in order to advertise that he or she was a slave, criminal, or a traitor. These signs encouraged individuals around them to avoid this specific person, furthermore isolating them from society.

Who Is Affected By Stigma?:

Who Is Affected By Stigma? People with various physical and cognitive deformities Individuals with characters perceived as weak willed People of different nations and religions

Society’s Response To Stigma:

Society’s Response T o S tigma An example of change we have seen throughout time is the way we have been dealing with people with disabilities and the phrase “mental retardation”. Back then, far more derogative words and phrases were used to describe people who had a mental illness. Some of these terms and phrases include “idiot ”, “mentally defective” and “mentally retarded ”. As time has passed and as our understanding of cognitive disabilities have expanded, we are now more aware of disabilities which many people suffer from. Our understanding of stigma itself has increased as well as the proper terms and the compassion needed to classify and treat these individuals with mental and physical impairments.