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so·cial stig·ma

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  1. social stigmanoun

    A severe social disapproval with a person on the grounds of a particular characteristic which distinguishes them from others in society, e.g. mental illness or physical disability.


  1. Social stigma

    Social stigma is the disapproval of, or discrimination against, an individual or group based on perceived characteristics that serve to distinguish them from other members of a society. Social stigmas are commonly related to culture, gender, race, socioeconomic class, age, sexual orientation, body image, physical disability, intelligence or lack thereof, and health. Some stigma may be obvious, while others are known as concealable stigmas that must be revealed through disclosure. Stigma can also be against oneself, stemming from negatively viewed personal attributes in a way that can result in a "spoiled identity" (i.e., self-stigma).


  1. Social stigma

    Social stigma is the extreme disapproval of a person or group on socially characteristic grounds that are perceived, and serve to distinguish them, from other members of a society. Stigma may then be affixed to such a person, by the greater society, who differs from their cultural norms. Social stigma can result from the perception of mental illness, physical disabilities, diseases such as leprosy, illegitimacy, sexual orientation, gender identity, skin tone, education, nationality, ethnicity, religion or criminality. Attributes associated with social stigma often vary depending on the geopolitical and corresponding sociopolitical contexts employed by society, in different parts of the world. Erving Goffman defined stigma as 'the process by which the reaction of others, spoils normal identity'. The three forms of social stigma according to Goffman are: ⁕Overt or external deformations, such as scars, physical manifestations of anorexia nervosa, leprosy, or of a physical disability or social disability, such as obesity. ⁕Deviations in personal traits, including mental illness, drug addiction, alcoholism, and criminal background are stigmatized in this way.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of social stigma in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of social stigma in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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  1. Jacques Sibomana:

    Many people don't understand the very serious impact prison can have on your life and the challenges afterwards, no matter where you live, the social stigma Oscar will face could be very psychologically traumatic. The punishment lives with you.

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