A Well-Protected Social Participant I, II, and III

Rachel Thomas


Photo-lithographs, paper.

My research is interested in how definitions and labels pertaining to mental illness permeate into a broader social context. I discovered that when an individual has been marked with a particular diagnosis, two distinct identities are formed as a means of protection from stigma. Using David Hume’s theory of Personal Identity, I concluded that each of these identities served a specific purpose for the individual and, while they fluctuated depending on the situation, stayed isolated from one another. The two identities consisted of a fortuitous public and socially acceptable façade, and a private, vulnerability indulged form beneath.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18733/C33X09