In this chapter I describe some of the cognitive errors that contribute to homophobia as well as to other forms of bigotry. The most familiar of these are the ones that Aaron T. Beck ( 1985) identifies as contributing to depression (pp. 1432-1438). But there are others as well, not per se associated with depression. These have been relatively neglected in the literature, so I have had to identify, label, and define them myself. This has been no easy task because it is difficult to distinguish among the different errors, since they tend to overlap conceptually and occur together. As an example, homophobes often combine selective abstraction with part=whole cognitive errors (both of which I define below) to create two homophobic logical fallacies in vogue these days: the belief that all homosexuals are sick, and the belief that gay marriages will undermine the fabric of society.
For homophobes, what is good for the goose is not necessarily good for the gander. Homophobes do not like even playing fields. They tend to forget that the homophobic brush paints two ways. For example, those who say that being homosexual is unnatural should also say, to be absolutely consistent, that if God had wanted us to smoke He would have put chimneys in our heads. Analysts who will not let gays and lesbians be analysts because they did not resolve their oedipal problems should also exclude/defrock the not inconsiderable number of analysts who are adulterers, have a psychosomatic ailment, or even, like one analyst I used to know, cannot say the word "hostile" without stuttering, because he gets stuck on the H, and can proceed only with extreme difficulty, and sometimes not at all, as his analyst might say, "because of a preoedipal anal fixation even more primitive than the oedipal fixation that causes homosexuality."