Intolerance and Psychopathology: Toward a General Diagnosis for Racism, Sexism, and Homophobia

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  • Mary H. Guindon PhD,

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      Mary H. Guindon, PhD, Alan G. Green, PhD, and Fred J. Hanna, PhD, Department of Counseling and Human Services, Johns Hopkins University.

  • Alan G. Green PhD,

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      Mary H. Guindon, PhD, Alan G. Green, PhD, and Fred J. Hanna, PhD, Department of Counseling and Human Services, Johns Hopkins University.

  • Fred J. Hanna PhD

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      Mary H. Guindon, PhD, Alan G. Green, PhD, and Fred J. Hanna, PhD, Department of Counseling and Human Services, Johns Hopkins University.


Department of Counseling and Human Services, School of Professional Studies in Business and Education, Johns Hopkins University, 9601 Medical Center Drive, Rockville, Maryland 20850-3332. E-mail: mguindon@jhu.edu

Abstract

Racism, sexism, and homophobia do not fit into any current diagnostic category. The authors propose that those who engage in such behaviors display a form of psychopathology deserving of its own category. The common denominator seems to be intolerance. The authors explore the possibility of an intolerant personality disorder, outline likely symptoms, and suggest some possible treatment considerations.

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