Homophobes Are Basically Nuts, Says Science

A recent study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine has found a predictive link between homophobia and psychopathic/psychotic tendencies, as well as immature defense mechanisms and an immature attachment style.

The study was conducted by a group of researchers at the University of Rome Tor Vergata in Italy, and involved the participation of over 500 college students ages 18-30.

Here are their conclusions:

Homophobia is a significant social problem that involves specific personality features in the subjects, with an intrinsic aversion toward homosexuals. Psychoticism and immature defense mechanisms specify people with higher levels of homophobia, highlighting a remarkable association between dysfunctional aspects of personality and homophobic attitudes. This association could generate two possible victims: potential sexual offenders, and above all, homosexual subjects. Moreover, our study follows a controversial issue regarding homophobia as a possible mental disorder, and it also discusses the possible clinical implications that cross inevitably into the area of psychiatric epistemology. Therefore, to know and to assess the relationship between psychopathology and homophobia is a fundamental challenge in preventing the stigma toward homosexuality.

It’s not that surprising. Thinking that gay people existing or getting married or doing whatever would actually affect their lives or chances of “getting into heaven” somehow is literally a delusion. It’s not really that far off from thinking your neighbor’s dog is telling you to kill people or that assassinating Ronald Reagan is going to make Jodie Foster want to be your girlfriend. 

Let’s just hope that these people get the help they need, rather than going around and trying to hurt others.

[h/t Queerty]