In application, labeling stymies and discourages. Labeling manipulates the individual through placing conscious and unconscious constraints upon the individual. Instead of seeing and celebrating the individual as essential, labeling classifies and categorizes the worth and value of the individual based on faulty information, bias and prejudice.
Although labeling in and of itself is harmless — because it is based on ignorance, bias and prejudice — the repercussions of being labeled can be devastating. If the individual (s) being labeled buy into and internalize the assumption of the label, the individual (s) may find themselves unconsciously identifying themselves with the label.
In turn, the individual may begin to believe that they constrained by the limits that the label places upon them. Over time and through ongoing conditioning the individual may in turn begin to believe that they can not do or be anything beyond the limits assigned by the label. Consequently, the maintenance of the label becomes more important than the individual.
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