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Posted on 01/06/2006 4:48:13 PM PST by lizol
California Psychologist Wants 'Extreme Bias' Against Homosexuals Added To 'DSM'
January 6, 2006 - In early December 2005, Washington Post writer Shankar Vedantam reported on the efforts of UCLA psychology professor Edward Dunbar to encourage the psychiatric community to add "extreme bias" against homosexuals (or ethnic groups) added to the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). Professor Dunbar is considered an expert on hate crimes and serves as a consultant with the Los Angeles City Police Department, the LA Unified School District and the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center.
The Post article quotes Darrel A. Regier, director of research at the APA who supports research into whether pathological bias is a disorder but wonders if adding it to the DSM would be useful. "If you're going to put racism into the next edition of DSM, you would have enormous criticism." Critics would ask, "'Are you pathologizing all of life? You better be prepared to defend that classification."
Sally Satel, author of PC, M.D.: How Political Correctness Is Corrupting Medicine, calls Dunbar's proposal "absurd" and says such a diagnosis could be used by hate crime perpetrators to escape punishment.
However, Alvin F. Poussaint, professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School agrees with Dunbar and characterizes individuals with extreme bias as "delusional." He notes: "They imagine people are going to do all kinds of bad things and hurt them, and feel they have to do something to protect themselves. When they reach that stage, they are very impaired."
Shama Chaiken, with the California Department of Corrections also agrees with Dunbar. "We treat racism and homophobia as delusional disorders."
At first I thought that said "California Psychologist Wants Homosexuals Added To 'DSM'" and I thought oh, so it's just going to be put back to the way it always used to be.
Oops, oops, I'm in California, now the guys with the white jackets are going to come to take me away and throw me in an asylum.
Sounds funny (ridiculous, stupid, etc) until you understand that prisoners who exhibit bias against homosexuals are being given drugs to "solve" that little problem. This is scary.
Everyone's crazy but thee and me...and sometimes I wonder about thee. This way lies true madness.
Good. Finally there will be a medical diagnosis for Fred Phelps, so people can write and broadcast about how sick he is without getting sued and ending up financing his sick activities.
More info on this nutcase
Not surprising that he is a consultant for the LAPD and the LA School District.
How about lawyers? ;-)
I remember that too. What a twisted world we live in.
Professor Dunbar is considered an expert on hate crimes and serves as a consultant with the Los Angeles City Police Department, the LA Unified School District and the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center.
Well theres the problem.................
Another attempt to smear Bible-believing Christians. Next thing you know, they'll have us shot.
Effectively, this proposal would make "being culturally Mexican" a mental disorder.
This has possibilities doesn't it.
But aren't homosexuals exhibiting extreme bia against
""We treat racism and homophobia as delusional disorders."
But Not homosexuality? Isn't that delusional bias against
Calipornia: Where social liberalism germinates and spreads to contaminate the rest of America.
It was the same 'American Psychiatric Association' who diagnosed gays as mentally unbalanced up until the late 1970's. I think we all now know who the truely unbalanced people are.
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