Implications of Mental Models of Self and Others for the Targets of Stigmatization

Carol T. Miller and Cheryl R. Kaiser

in Interpersonal Rejection

Published in print September 2006 | ISBN: 9780195130157
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199847761 | DOI:
Implications of Mental Models of Self and Others for the Targets of Stigmatization

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Negative labels affect the way people view themselves; and these unbeneficial habits involve non-acceptance. It is assumed that individuals encounter branding with stigma due to the negative features associated with their affiliations based on dispositions and values that are widely agreed upon. There are cases that happen because of the environment's discriminatory attitudes, prototyped expectations, and biased judgments. Some individuals are labeled for their substance abuse, physical abnormalities, sexual orientation, or deviant actions. Discussed here are coping mechanisms under the premises of attachment theory, which puts forward the existence of an eternal psychological connection between human beings. Consequences of these negative habits depend on the response of the target agents and their self schemas. Moreover, the study asserts that stigmatized people are relatively better at coping with prejudice compared to non-stigmatized ones because these labeled individuals are exposed to opportunities to discover and to improve themselves.

Keywords: stigmatization; discrimination; stereotypes; negative labels; mental templates; improvement

Chapter.  10352 words. 

Subjects: Social Psychology

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