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Psychic damage

Psychic damage is a concept used in the field of social psychology to describe the negative effects of stereotypes on individual members of stigmatized groups. The label "psychic damage" was first used by U.S. historian Daryl Scott to describe the effects of stereotyping on African-Americans in his 1997 book Contempt and Pity: Social Policy and the Image of the Damaged Black Psyche, 1880–1996, which won the Organization of American Historians' James A. Rawley Prize for the year's best work in race relations.


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