What is Stigma?

You may have heard the word ‘stigma’ before but have wondered to yourself, ‘What is stigma?’ Stigma is akin to stereotyping or prejudice. For example, there is a stigma surrounding fat people that they must be lazy just because they are fat (when that is clearly not the case). There are also racial stigmas or prejudices or stereotypes such as that Jewish people are rich and greedy and black people are dishonest and can’t be trusted. Stigmas are simply a person’s perception of something that usually does not represent the truth whatsoever. Look here for more information: