Stigma, by definition, is the process by which the reaction of others spoils normal identity. Stigma may also be described as a”label that associates a person to a set of unwanted characteristics that form a stereotype.” People are affected by stigma everyday, because it goes back to stereotypes. Society makes these judgements of people whether they are true or not and then because everyone listens to each other and half the time it is monkey see monkey do so they each follow one another. If someone is different or has a problem, it should not be a priority to people to make that person feel different. We are all the same and just because we differ a little bit, doesn’t mean that it gives people the right to make someone feel inferior with themselves. Make them feel as if nothing is wrong and they can go on living a normal life. If people make them feel like they are different (whether they are or not) this will make the person feel as if they do not want to go out into the real world because they are afraid of being judged. Because of the way people are stereotyped, eventually those that are being stigmatized will start acting the way they are being labeled. So for instance, what if a girl was labeled bulimic and she’t not? Are they going to feel better when she starts to become a bulimic? It disgusts me how people can’t just accept anybody anymore for who they are. Just let people be themselves and no one would ever have to worry about what anybody is saying if people would just learn to stop judging and stop labeling one another.
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