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Domenici, T. (1997). Antihomosexuality, Bad Faith, and Psychoanalysis: Response to Commentaries. Gender and Psychoanalysis, 2(2):225-239.

(1997). Gender and Psychoanalysis, 2(2):225-239

Antihomosexuality, Bad Faith, and Psychoanalysis: Response to Commentaries Related Papers

Thomas Domenici, Ph.D.

Joanna Ryan, in “Reflections on Disorienting Sexuality,” writes about the differences between antihomosexuality in Britain and the United States and wonders about the process of change. I would like to take this opportunity to comment on my experiences with antihomosexuality in the psychoanalytic community, why I think the idea of multiple identifications is important, and how I think change will occur. In Disorienting Sexuality I tried to focus on unconscious processes to explain antihomosexuality. Here instead, using the concept of bad faith, I want to briefly focus on consciousness. When a person lies to others, the liar is in fact in complete possession of the truth and chooses to hide it from others; the intent is to deceive. Bad faith, however, is a lie to oneself. While the lie creates a duality between the liar and the other, in bad faith there is no distinction between the liar and the one to whom one is lying. Bad faith is not a “state” one is in, rather it is a commitment to a way of being, usually supported by a world view. Typically acts, feelings, or emotions that cause the conflict inherent in bad faith to emerge are at best not sufficiently attended to or typically dismissed as themselves a lie or due to the aggression on the part of the other.

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