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California Psychologist Wants 'Extreme Bias' Against Homosexuals Added To 'DSM'
NARTH ^ | January 6, 2006

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."


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: apa; disorders; dsm; dsmiv; gay; homophobia; homosexual; homosexualagenda; homosexuality; illness; ilness; narth; psychiatry; psychology; thoughtcrime
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To: mhx
"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 racist to me. Aren't lunatics just born that way?

21 posted on 01/06/2006 5:02:05 PM PST by Nathan Zachary
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To: lizol

Isn't it already covered under "obsessive compulsive disorder"? Any extreme bias toward anything, if it is extreme enough to disrupt one's life, whether it be a bias against homosexuals, an ethnic group, dogs, flying, heights, hearing the Bible read out loud in a public school, it's all OCD if it's overboard and interfering in a normal life.


22 posted on 01/06/2006 5:03:20 PM PST by Burkean
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To: lizol

This guy doesn't show up on the UCLA School of Psychology faculty list (looking for his email address). Maybe he's a fraud; maybe last week he thought he was Napoleon.


23 posted on 01/06/2006 5:04:17 PM PST by My2Cents (Dead people voting is the closest the Democrats come to believing in eternal life.)
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To: little jeremiah

HA ping.


24 posted on 01/06/2006 5:04:32 PM PST by scripter ("You don't have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body." - C.S. Lewis)
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To: mhx
During a New Years party I had a "discussion" with an extremely "argument proof" lady - about gay issues, and particularly about the possibility to allow gay marriages here, in Poland.

People of that kind are really strange.
They demand tolerance for all the eccentricities from everyone, claiming, that they are super-tolerant, but in fact they are extreme bigots.

That woman - when got rid off all her arguments, and obviously didn't now how to refute mine - stated, that she hoped, that there were not many more people with brain small like mine, who are employed on a position, like I am.

So I terminated the "discussion" and regreted, that I had engaged myself in it - as she spoiled the party (at least for me and my wife, who got called a "kitchen wife" by her).
25 posted on 01/06/2006 5:06:09 PM PST by lizol
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To: lizol

Liberalism is a mental disorder.

}:-)4


26 posted on 01/06/2006 5:06:13 PM PST by Moose4 ("I will shoulder my musket and brandish my sword/In defense of this land and the word of the Lord")
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To: lizol

Since when is bias a psychological disorder? There are all kinds of biases, exhibited by all kinds of people. Sounds to me like the professor is using psychology for his own political ends. Maybe he's biased.


27 posted on 01/06/2006 5:07:29 PM PST by popdonnelly
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To: lizol

Since when is bias a psychological disorder? There are all kinds of biases, exhibited by all kinds of people. Sounds to me like the professor is using psychology for his own political ends. Maybe he's biased.


28 posted on 01/06/2006 5:07:46 PM PST by popdonnelly
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To: oh8eleven

Yep, and watch you bar of soap, when get there. Don't let it fall on the floor.


29 posted on 01/06/2006 5:07:54 PM PST by lizol
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To: Battle Hymn of the Republic

Pschologists react to a Bullsh!t Detector the way vampires react to a crucifix.


30 posted on 01/06/2006 5:09:10 PM PST by keithtoo (Global Warming causes everything, and everything causes Global Warming.)
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To: lizol

Free speach is now a mental disorder.


31 posted on 01/06/2006 5:09:27 PM PST by Zathras
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To: lizol; JDoutrider

Ping for later


32 posted on 01/06/2006 5:15:26 PM PST by JDoutrider
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To: lizol

I'd accept that IF they'd also accept extreme bias against conservatives as a mental disorder.

But of course that would cause a problem in academe since most professors would be cited as insane.


33 posted on 01/06/2006 5:17:39 PM PST by wildbill
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To: lizol
Image hosted by Photobucket.com how's about Extreme Bias against STOOOOOOOPID people??? what a putz...
34 posted on 01/06/2006 5:18:06 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist )
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To: GeneralStorm
Next thing you know, they'll have us shot.

Or, back to the lions.

35 posted on 01/06/2006 5:18:28 PM PST by Last Dakotan
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To: tet68
It's funny how pysiaxtrists like to over examine every single disorder and search for some root cause. Every single one, except homosexuality. Homosexuals are always "born that way," it's untouchable.
36 posted on 01/06/2006 5:24:42 PM PST by LauraleeBraswell
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To: lizol
Um......if this moron were to get this listed in the DSM, wouldn't it eventually help the very people it's meant to classify?

Suddenly, defense attorneys will be throwing the term around left and right:

"Did you beat that gay man?"

"Yes but I have a classified mental disorder...."

 

37 posted on 01/06/2006 5:33:37 PM PST by Psycho_Bunny (Base. All Yours = Mine.)
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To: sageb1
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.

Do you mean that men are give estrogen and women are given testosterone to correct this new disorder?

38 posted on 01/06/2006 5:36:35 PM PST by LoneRangerMassachusetts (Some say what's good for others, the others make the goods; it's the meddlers against the peddlers)
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To: lizol

More evidence that the sickest among us gravitate towards careers in psychiatry. Take a pill, doc. It won't cure your problem but you won't care anymore.


39 posted on 01/06/2006 5:37:14 PM PST by TigersEye (They hang traitors don't they?)
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To: Moose4

"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."

Yup, sounds like liberals to me.

Of course, the DSM already has something covering that. I think it's called paranoia.


40 posted on 01/06/2006 5:37:48 PM PST by susannah59
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