Susan C. C. Hawthorne, Ph.D., is the author of Accidental Intolerance: How We Stigmatize ADHD and How We Can Stop. She is an associate professor of philosophy at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, where she studies the ways medical, scientific, and social influences combine to affect people’s lives.
Through words and actions, everyday practices in medicine, psychology, science, and society categorize people. Every grouping, from a refined clinical diagnosis to the crudest stereotype, affects us for better or worse. This blog explores—and sometimes contests—the categories and their consequences.