Homophobia—End itWednesday, May 30, 2012 By Liz Hall
Everyone has someone or some type of people in the world that they hate or dispise, and there’s never a good reason for it. 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. According to a professor of psychology at the University of Rochester, Dr. Richard Ryan, states that “In many cases these are people who are at war with themselves and they are turning this internal conflict outward.” CBS News reports that “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.” Kiana, a junior at Arrowhead High School, states that during one of her classes at her old school she remembers learning about a study that showed about 40% of homophics are gay themselves. Most of the time those individuals are angry and lash out at openly gays because they are the ones who are confident in who they are, and aren’t afraid to show it.