The idea has been toyed around with on TV, in movies, and people make jokes about it all the time: Homophobes are probably more likely to be repressing an attraction to their same sex.
As it turns out, though, according to a new study, that could absolutely be true.
This all comes from researchers from the University of Rochester, the University of Essex and the University of California in Santa Barbara.
What they've found in their studies is that homophobes are actually attracted to the same sex but they do not admit it because they grew up with authoritarian parents who forbade such desires. This is based on a series of psychology studies.
The idea is that because they grew up in an non-tolerant environment, they're angry because homosexual people remind them of their own similar tendencies
One lecturer said:
"Individuals who identify as straight but in psychological tests show a strong attraction to the same sex may be threatened by gays and lesbians because homosexuals remind them of similar tendencies within themselves."
They did four separate experiments in the United States and Germany, each study with an average of 160 college students.
Then, they measured the differences of what people say and what people actually feel based on how they reacted during an ultra-fast, timed, task. One that leaves little time to let you form an opinion before you answer. They were shown words and pictures on a computer screen and asked to put these in "gay" or "straight" categories.
Here's the kicker: they were subliminally primed with the words "me" and "others" as they flashed on the screen for just 35 milliseconds. Then they were shown the words "gay, straight, homosexual, and heterosexual" along with pictures of couples from each category.
A quick association of "me" with "gay" and a slower association of "me" with "straight" meant an implicit gay orientation!
Then they were tested both on the type of parenting they grew up with, and the participant's level of homophobia.
This could be one of those reasons that super anti-gay officials are sometimes caught… engaged… with the same sex!
What do U think? Does this hold merit??
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