Window Tax by Peter J Gordon, 2012, Mental Health and Social Inclusion

thanks to @PeterDLROW for spot-on blog post.  Unfortunately stigma is alive and kicking for my family.

“The term stigma refers to a mark that denotes a shameful quality in the individual so marked. Mental illness is widely considered to be such a quality. Goffman (1963), in his classic formulation, defines stigma as ‘an attribute that is deeply discrediting’ and proposes that the stigmatized person is reduced ‘from a whole and usual person to a tainted, discounted one’. In Goffman’s view, stigma occurs as a discrepancy between ‘virtual social identity’ (how a person is characterized by society) and ‘actual social identity’ (the attributes really possessed by a person).”

Hole Ousia

Peter J. Gordon, (2012),”Window tax“, Mental Health and Social Inclusion, Vol. 16 Iss: 4 pp. 181 – 187

Purpose of paper: The purpose of this paper is to discuss concerns that, despite recent campaigns, stigma has not been fully addressed by the psychiatric profession and that evidence suggests it may have unwittingly contributed to iatrogenic stigma.

Approach: The writer of this paper is a psychiatrist and considers the subject of stigma by employing the metaphor of bricked up windows. Arguments are supported through the evaluation of scientific research in addition to ideas from philosophy and literature.

Findings: This paper highlights areas of ongoing stigma and also identifies possible explanations for this in the current approach of the psychiatric profession.

Practical implications: It is hoped that this paper stimulates further discussion particularly within the psychiatric profession about our approach to tackling stigma.

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