• Supporting those affected by the misery of stigma and exclusion

False authority in social stigma

False authority is a common defence strategy in social stigma which is often employed by those who stigmatize others who often use religion, science or 'human nature' to back up their over-simplified social or cultural beliefs.

Relying on human nature is a very common false authority used in social stigma. There is no such thing as human nature. Human beings are the last surviving member of a branch of hominid apes who are characterized as having rather large forebrain areas, using tools and being socially diverse. Human beings are one of the most diverse of social animals having developed more ways of raising their young, and structuring their communities than any other social animal.

While it can be argued by some that on some level the desires and motivation for social stigma, i.e. the desire to dominate and control, for power, and submission are natural you have to also ask yourself why in other species of social animals, such as cats, dogs, birds and insects there is little or no evidence of social stigma or indeed of social exclusion.

Human nature is an individual phenomenon and generally people develop in accordance with their social conditioning and whether or not they can get their needs met, and how they respond when they don't get their needs met. It is also important to take into account that many social and cultural beliefs come from sociual conditioning and social engineering.

Other examples of false authority involve religion, science, politics, or the beliefs of any other media figure who has authority. However Qultura has also observed that authority figures who stigmatize others, particularly online, can be incredibly effective at creating new social and cultural beliefs which can stigmatize others and create social division.