The most interesting thing about stigma to me is discreditable stigma. The reason is that most of the negative feelings attached to it come from oneself. When you know you are a part of a group that is stigmatized, before you even give people the chance to judge you or alienate you, you tend to alienate yourself. Some may push it even more so by having some sort of dis-identifier to set them apart from the group. Yes it is terrible to have your identity, virtual or actual, looked down upon. However, it is much worse when one looks down upon themselves.
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