Homophobia: Description, Development, and Dynamics of Gay Bashing

Homophobia: Description, Development, and Dynamics of Gay Bashing

by Martin Kantor MD


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Many gays and simpatico straights view homophobia as a problem for gays and lesbians, but not as a treatable disorder. This book attempts to pathologize most forms of homophobia—to view homophobia as a symptom of an emotional disorder. Homophobia is studied from a developmental perspective, showing how it originates in the homophobe's early relationships. With a scientifically-based eclectic treatment approach, this work uses psychodynamic, interpersonal, existential, cognitive/behavioral, and supportive techniques to treat homophobes and to help gays and lesbians who are the recipients of the manifestations of this emotional disorder.

Though about homophobia, this book is also meant to shed light on other forms of bigotry, from anti-Semitism to xenophobia. It will be of interest to gays and lesbians, sympathetic heterosexuals, therapists, and faculty and students in gay and lesbian studies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780275955304
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 01/30/1998
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.56(d)
Lexile: 1460L (what's this?)

About the Author

Martin Kantor, MD is a Harvard psychiatrist who has been in full private practice in Boston and New York City, and active in residency training programs at several hospitals, including Massachusetts General and Beth Israel in New York. He also served as Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Mount Sinai Medical School and as Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey—New Jersey Medical School. He is currently a full-time medical author, the author of more than a dozen other books, including Homophobia, Second Edition (Praeger 2009); Uncle Sam's Shame: Inside the Veteran's Administration (Praeger 2008); Lifting the Weight: Understanding Depression in Men: Its Causes and Solutions (Praeger 2007); The Psychopathy of Everyday Life: How Antisocial Personality Disorder Affects All of Us (Praeger, 2006); Understanding Paranoia: A Guide for Professional, Families, and Sufferers (Praeger 2004); Distancing: Avoidant Personality Disorder, Revised and Expanded (Praeger, 2003), Passive-Aggression: A Guide for the Therapist, the Patient, and the Victim (Praeger, 2002), Treating Emotional Disorder in Gay Men (Praeger, 1999), and Homophobia (Praeger, 1998).

Table of Contents


General Characteristics of Homophobia

How All Homophobes Are Alike

Homophobia as a Manifestation of Sexophobia

Models of Homosexuality I: The Homophobic Medical Model of Homosexuality

Models of Homosexuality II: Other Models

Homophobia in Gays and Lesbians

Is It Ever Rational to Be Homophobic?

The Negative Effects of Homophobia on Gays and Lesbians

The Syndromes

Paranoid Homophobes

Mood (Affective) Disorder Homophobes

Phobic/Avoidant Homophobes

Obsessive-Compulsive Homophobes

Personality Disorder Homophobes I

Personality Disorder Homophobes II: Hysterical (Histrionic) Personality Disorder Homophobes

Personality Disorder Homophobes III: Passive-Aggressive Personality Disorder Homophobes


Psychological and Biological Factors

Cognitive Errors


Treatment of Homophobes

How Gays and Lesbians Can Deal with Homophobes



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