Homophobia: Description, Development, and Dynamics of Gay Bashing

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Personality Disorder Homophobes -- I

Personality disorder homophobes abuse gays and lesbians for different reasons, in different ways, and to different degrees, each reflecting their specific underlying personality problems. As examples of the different reasons, homophobes with a paranoid personality disorder bash gays and lesbians to disavow something from within, something they dislike about themselves; homophobes with a depressive personality disorder bash gays and lesbians to enhance their own self-esteem; homophobes with a narcissistic personality disorder bash gays and lesbians because they are different from them; and homophobes with a psychopathic-antisocial personality disorder bash gays and lesbians for personal gain. As examples of the different ways, obsessive homophobes tend to argue gays and lesbians down, while paranoid homophobes tend to beat gays and lesbians up. And as examples of the different degrees, obsessive homophobes, tending to be more contemplative than action prone, tend to be more prejudiced than discriminatory; while passive-aggressive homophobes, tending to be more action-prone (however covertly) than contemplative, tend to be as discriminatory as they are prejudiced.

What distinguishes personality disorder homophobia from other syndromal homophobia is that personality disorder homophobia tends to be more diffuse than encapsulated. However its low-key nature is more than made up for by its persistence and wide applicability. Personality disorder homophobes wake up homophobic, and live, eat, and breathe homophobia until they go to bed at night. They are even homophobic in their sleep, when they have homophobic dreams that reflect on what they thought yesterday and plan for what they are going to do tomorrow. Unlike paranoid homophobes who develop encapsulated

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