Words that make me think … LABELS!!


~~July 11, 2014~~ 

Labels are plugins that automate stereotypical thinking.  We hear or see a familiar label and we have instantaneous recall of a fully developed opinion, completely colored with our own emotional paintbrush.

Labeling theory is the theory of how the self-identity and behavior of individuals may be determined or influenced by the terms used to describe or classify them.

It is associated with the concepts of self-fulfilling prophecy and stereotyping. Labeling theory holds that deviance is not inherent to an act, but instead focuses on the tendency of majorities to negatively label minorities or those seen as deviant from standard cultural norms. The theory was prominent during the 1960s and 1970s, and some modified versions of the theory have developed and are still currently popular. Unwanted descriptors or categorizations – including terms related to deviance, disability or diagnosis of a mental disorder – may be rejected on the basis that they are merely, often with attempts to adopt a more constructive language in its place. A stigma is defined as a powerfully negative label that changes a person’s self-concept and social identity.

Labeling theory is closely related to social-construction and symbolic-interaction analysis. Labeling theory was developed by sociologists during the 1960s. Howard Saul Becker’s book Outsiders was extremely influential in the development of this theory and its rise to popularity.





I could be labeled as:






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However, these labels don’t define me. I am more than that. What I am is inside of me. I am a human being and as such I should be treated. 

~~The Dangers of Labeling~~

~Howard Becker’s Labeling Theory Applied to Religion~

~Published on Nov 13, 2012~

This video explains the consequences of labeling and why it should be avoided whenever we become aware of it. 

“Your perception of me should not change because of the labels you decide to attach to me.”



We ALL are ONE!!