Stigma Associated With Labeling, Not Behavior

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Research into stigmatizing attitudes towards behavior, published in Early Intervention in Psychiatry, finds that most study subjects did not spontaneously apply diagnostic labels to behavior but when such labeling occurred (“paranoid/a”). Respondents exhibited stronger stigmatizing attitudes compared to those employing non-psychiatric labels (“weird”).

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Anglin, D., Greenspoon, M., Lighty, Q., et al; Spontaneous labelling and stigma associated with clinical characteristics of peers ‘at-risk’ for psychosis. Early Intervention in Psychiatry. Article first published online: 18 APR 2013 DOI: 10.1111/eip.12047

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Kermit Cole
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected]