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the psychoanalytic forum: homophobia, heteronormativity and shame

In this paper, Poul Rohleder draws on psychoanalytic theory and psychosocial research to demonstrate the impact of homophobia and heterosexism on the development of boys who grow up with an awareness of a gay identity. He focuses specifically on the shame-inducing impact of a potentially hostile social environment, and misogynistic fears about homosexuality and femininity.

He draws on clinical and cultural examples to demonstrate the development of shame and internalized homophobia and some of the defensive behaviour that shame can produce, including hypermasculinity, splitting and self-destructive behaviours. In the paper he also considers the challenge of working with issues of shame with gay patients in therapy.

about the speaker

Dr Poul Rohleder is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalytic psychotherapist, and member if the bpf. He has a private practice in central London where he sees adults for individual psychodynamic and psychoanalytic psychotherapy. He is also an active academic and researcher, and is a senior lecturer at the Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies at the University of Essex.


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