Skip to comments.Homophobia may reveal denial of own same-sex attraction, study suggests
Posted on 04/22/2012 5:41:43 PM PDT by presidio9
Do homophobic people actually fear their own unconscious feelings? A new study suggests that people who repress their own sexual attraction to the same sex are more likely to express hostility towards gays.
"In many cases these are people who are at war with themselves and they are turning this internal conflict outward," study co-author Dr. Richard Ryan, professor of psychology at the University of Rochester, said in a university written statement.
In four separate experiments conducted in the U.S. and in Germany, each involving an average of 160 college students, researchers attempted to measure any differences between what people say about their sexual orientation and how they actually react. Their findings are published in the April issue of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.
For one experiment, researchers used word and picture tests to subliminally prime participants with either the word "me" or "others," and then asking them to place the words and images into "gay" or "straight" categories. A second experiment had participants browse same-sex or opposite-sex photos to test implicit - or unconscious - same-sex attraction. Other experiments measured participants' levels of homophobia through questionnaires or asked about participants' upbringings and their parents' perspectives.
All together, the study showed that participants with parents accepting of homosexuality were more open and aware of their implicit sexual orientation, while those with authoritative parents were more likely to deny their implicit sexual orientation. The researchers found participants who said they were heterosexual but revealed different reactions on their implicit tests were more likely to act with hostility toward gay people.
"In a predominately heterosexual society, 'know thyself' can be a challenge for many gay individuals. But in controlling and homophobic homes, embracing a minority sexual orientation can be terrifying," study co-author Dr. Netta Weinstein,
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According to this logic, you secretly desire to eat human flesh.......uh huh
“...Would that also explain the hostility of gays towards hetrosexuals?...”
It’s called herophobia.
Where are all the studies on heterophobia?
Funny thing is, there was a lot of speculation back in the 70's on the idea that the Nazis were all gay or repressed gays until the lavander mafia put the ix-nay on that.
I don’t hate homosexuals and I’m not afraid of homosexuals...I just feel better when they’re not around.
“Homophobia” is a made-up term meant to imply that there is something wrong with heterosexuals.
"You either .... .... or you do not .... ...., there is no in between."
I react negatively to *all* the psychiatric paraphilias.
Same sex attraction disorder.
They’re all the same mental disease, just with different objects of fixation.
Most of them have not [yet] been “delisted” by the shrinks.
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I want the graphic of the guy with the headache and "Not this **** again"!
These people are mentally ill perverts so they see everyone else as mentally ill perverts. It's really quite simple.
Many of the Nazis were indeed homosexuals.
“The Pink Swastika” is an excellent and well researched book, a couple of places online. A simple search will find it.
"Disgust" works too.
If your son is at some point interested in getting help, there are a lot of links/resources on this thread. Even if he isn’t at this point, there might be some useful information you might be interested in.
Not born this way: The facts, plus help available
Save California ^ | Various authors
Hmm, now it’s a link.
I believe it's the same with pedophiles. The very first girl I ever "fell in love" with was in the 6th. grade but so was I. My age preference for girls advanced as I did. Perverted minds are still stuck on that same age group that they were first attracted to.
I won't ask if you won't tell.
I hear the first step is just thinking about it. It's only a matter of time before you two are firing up the grill and swapping recipes.