09.selfesteem - "What would happen to your personality if...

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"What would happen to your personality if you heard it said over and over again that you are lazy and had inferior blood?" - Allport, 1954, p. 42
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Internalization of stigma hypothesis “The group to which a person belongs serves as a primary determinant of his self-esteem. To a considerable extent, personal feelings of worth depend on the social evaluation of the group with which a person is identified. Self-hatred and feelings of worthlessness tend to arise from membership in underprivileged or outcast groups.” -- Cartwright, 1950, p. 440 “there is ample evidence of inferiority feelings and of morbid self- hate in all minority groups” -- Erikson, 1956, p. 115
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Race/ethnicity and self-esteem Internalization of stigma hypothesis Clark and Clark (1947) Does the data support this hypothesis? African-Americans Asian-Americans Hispanics One interpretation Attributional ambiguity
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Social Stigma Stigma: an attribute or characteristic that conveys a social identity that is devalued in a particular social context Ancient Greece- "stigma" was a mark or cut that was burned into the body and designated the person as defective and to be avoided Term resurrected by Irving Goffman (1963) to refer to an attribute that is discrediting to the individual, and reduces him or her "in our minds from a whole and usual person to a tainted, discounted one" (Goffman, 1963, p. 3).
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A first attempt: Types of stigmas (Goffman ,1963) Three types of stigmatizing conditions: "Tribal stigmas": familial, cultural generational racial, ethnic, religious stigmas "Abominations of the body": uninherited physical characteristics that convey a devalued social identity physical handicaps disfigurations obesity "Blemishes of individual character" : devalued identity due to one's personality or behavior substance abuser convict homosexual
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This note was uploaded on 04/13/2011 for the course PSYCHOLOGY 167 taught by Professor Mendoza-denton during the Fall '11 term at Berkeley.

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