Porno Pete’s (un)Official Diagnosis

Reaction formation” is the syko-logical term for what we already know about guys like Peter “Porno Pete” LaBarbera, guys like Matt BarberMartin Ssempa, Scott LivelyAndrás Király Neal Horsley … just to name a FEW homo-sex-obsessed sociopathic freaks.

If these christianists can throw out blanket pseudo-psychological diagnoses on an entire broad group of people without any credentials, then I can make my layman’s diagnosis.  Add to that different types of personality disorders, narcissistic, sociopathic.

The definition seems to have been custom-made for these guys.  From Wikipedia (emphasis added):

In a diagnostic setting, the existence of a reaction-formation rather than a ‘simple’ emotion would be suspected where exaggeration,compulsiveness and inflexibility were observed. For example,

“[r]eactive love protests too much; it is overdone, extravagant, showy, and affected. It is counterfeit, and […] is usually easily detected. Another feature of a reaction formation is its compulsiveness. A person who is defending himself against anxiety cannot deviate from expressing the opposite of what he really feels. His love, for instance, is not flexible. It cannot adapt itself to changing circumstances as genuine emotions do; rather it must be constantly on display as if any failure to exhibit it would cause the contrary feeling to come to the surface.

Reaction formation is sometimes described as one of the most difficult defenses for lay people to understand; this testifies not merely to its effectiveness as a disguise, but also to its ubiquity and flexibility as a defense that can be utilized in many forms.

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Here’s the part that describes these very hetero, christian family values types to a tee:

A man who is overly aroused by pornographic material who utilizes reaction formation may take on an attitude of criticism toward the topic. He may end up sacrificing many of the positive things in his life, including family relationships, by traveling around the country to anti-pornography rallies. This view may become an obsession, whereby the man eventually does nothing but travel from rally to rally speaking out against pornography. He continues to do this, but only feels temporary relief, because thedeeply rooted arousal to an unacceptable behaviour such as watching pornography is still present, and underlying the implementation of the defense. At that point he can be said to have developed an obsessional personality above and beyond the defense mechanism.

When a strongly heterosexual individual is fearful of and/or hateful toward those who identify themselves as homosexual or bisexual, this may be an example of Freud’s theory, in that the personseeks to counteract their deep-seated and often untouched homosexual desires. A reaction formation is used to exaggerate heterosexual behavior outward, to relieve inward anxietyregarding homosexual desires.

… need it be any more clear?

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