According to Goffman there is three types of stigma, which is a discrepancy between actual and virtual social identity that causes us to alter our estimation of others negatively.
1. Physical attributes: various physical deformities.
2. Blemishes of individual character perceived as weak will, domineering of unnatural passions.
3. Tribal stigma of race, nation and religion; that “equally contaminate all members of a family
An example of the first stigma could be having a growth deformity where one of your arms is smaller then the other, or maybe someone was born with a missing finger or toe. Basically any deformities on a persons body will characterize them in this type of stigma based on Goffman’s ideology. Some examples of the second one could be mental disorder, imprisonment, addiction, alcoholism, homosexuality, unemployment, suicidal attempts, and radical political behavior. Tribal stigma is stigmas that are passed on genetically, like race and ethnicity, or generationally, like religion.
What all of these types of stigma have in common is that they each have the same sociological features. Individuals who might have been received easily in normal social intercourse have traits that express attention upon themselves who turn those of us whom they meet away from themselves, breaking the claim that their other attributes have on us.