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Repressed homosexual feelings


Homophobes should consider a little self-reflection, suggests a new study finding those individuals who are most hostile toward gays and hold strong anti-gay views may themselves have same-sex desires, albeit undercover ones. The prejudice of homophobia may also stem from authoritarian parents, particularly those with homophobic views Repressed homosexual feelings well, the researchers added.

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The research, published in the April issue of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, reveals the nuances of prejudices like homophobiawhich can ultimately have dire consequences. Hidden homosexuality In four studies, the researchers looked at the discrepancies between what people say about their sexual orientation and their implicit sexual orientation based on a reaction-time test.

The studies "Repressed homosexual feelings" college students from Germany and the United States. For the implicit measure, students had to categorize words and pictures flashed onto a computer screen into "gay" or "straight" groups.

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Words included "gay," "straight," "homosexual" and "heterosexual," while the pictures showed straight and gay couples. Before each trial, participants were primed with the word "me" or "others" flashed momentarily onto a computer screen. The researchers said quicker reaction time for "me" and "gay," and a Repressed homosexual feelings association of "me" with "straight" would indicate said an implicit gay orientation. In another experiment, the researchers Repressed homosexual feelings implicit sexual orientation by having participants choose to browse same-sex or opposite-sex photos on a computer screen.

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