The Paradox of Self-Stigma and Mental Illness

@article{Corrigan2006ThePO,
  title={The Paradox of Self-Stigma and Mental Illness},
  author={Patrick W. Corrigan and Amy C. Watson},
  journal={Clinical Psychology-science and Practice},
  year={2006},
  volume={9},
  pages={35-53}
}
Published narratives by persons with serious mental illness eloquently describe the harmful effects of stigma on self-esteem and self-efficacy. However, a more careful review of the research literature suggests a paradox; namely, personal reactions to the stigma of mental illness may result in significant loss in self-esteem for some, while others are energized by prejudice and express righteous anger. Added to this complexity is a third group: persons who neither lose self-esteem nor become… 

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