A collaboration between the University of Rochester, the University of Essex, and the University of California suggests that homophobes may simply be trying to hide homosexual tendencies.
“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,” Netta Weinstein, a lecturer at the University of Essex and the study’s lead author, says.
“In many cases these are people who are at war with themselves and they are turning this internal conflict outward,” adds Richard Ryan, professor of psychology at the University of Rochester.
The research utilised four separate experiments with hundreds of university students.
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