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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 291-292

Cognitive dissonance about disclosure of sexual orientation in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community


Department of Psychiatric Social Work, NIMHANS, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Date of Web Publication31-Oct-2022

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Mr. Srikanth Pallerla
Department of Psychiatric Social Work, NIMHANS, Bengaluru, Karnataka
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/aip.aip_9_22

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Pallerla S. Cognitive dissonance about disclosure of sexual orientation in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. Ann Indian Psychiatry 2022;6:291-2

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Pallerla S. Cognitive dissonance about disclosure of sexual orientation in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. Ann Indian Psychiatry [serial online] 2022 [cited 2022 Dec 10];6:291-2. Available from: https://www.anip.co.in/text.asp?2022/6/3/291/360084



As members of a social minority group, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people face a variety of psychosocial challenges. Due to a variety of psychosocial and cultural circumstances, LGBT persons were reluctant to come out and be open about their sexual identities with their dear ones, family members, friends, or others. The inability of LGBT individuals to properly access and enjoy their rights as citizens is hampered by a lack of societal acknowledgment. LGBT people confront significant challenges as they grow up in a society where homosexuality is stigmatized. The majority of LGBT people continue to hide their sexual orientation, which is manifested by the community's multilayered and multifaceted uncertain negative roles and attitudes toward LGBT people in terms of stigmatization and other psychosocial issues, which causes them to hide their sexual orientation. Through this poetry, I would like to explain some of the psycho-socio-cultural aspects that contribute to the concealment of LGBT people's sexual orientation. Because of the many psychosocial and societal challenges that LGBT individuals face, such as having inconsistent thoughts, beliefs, or attitudes, the internal conflict of whether or not to disclose their sexual orientation will be a million-dollar unanswerable question in their minds. This ongoing mental discomfort that results from holding two conflicting beliefs, values, or attitudes about disclosure of their sexual orientation would land them up having mental health issues and impacts their bio-psycho-social functioning. They often do not disclose about their sexual orientation or identity because of the following reasons/factors/circumstances…. Each one of them cannot disclose due to one or more of the following reasons:

  • I can't disclose because of my age (elderly people)
  • I can't disclose because I'll lost my self-esteem
  • I can't disclose because I'll lose my reputation
  • I can't disclose because I'll get less opportunities
  • I can't disclose because I can't continue my job or
  • I can't disclose because of difficulty in getting a new job
  • I can't disclose because I can't continue my education
  • I can't disclose because I can't get freedom
  • I can't disclose because it creates even more problems
  • I can't disclose because I won't get any solutions
  • I can't disclose because I don't get any support
  • I can't disclose because I'll be abandoned
  • I can't disclose because no hope for the future
  • I can't disclose because I don't get equal opportunities
  • I can't disclose because I can't enjoy my rights like others
  • I can't disclose because I can't have equal access to the resources
  • I can't disclose because of taboo
  • I can't disclose because fear of violence
  • I can't disclose because of social repression
  • I can't disclose because they think that I have a mental illness
  • I can't disclose because I'll discriminated
  • I can't disclose because lack of social recognition
  • I can't disclose because terror of harassment
  • I can't disclose because of the miserable past experiences
  • I can't disclose because they bully me
  • I can't disclose because dread of being isolated
  • I can't disclose because I can't get marriage proposals
  • I can't disclose because of worry of my safety
  • I can't disclose because of fear of being ignored
  • I can't disclose because of scared of being rejected from my religion
  • I can't disclose because of afraid of getting divorce
  • I can't disclose because I can't hold on to my relationships
  • I can't disclose because they won't understand my concern
  • I can't disclose because they don't accept
  • I can't disclose because they won't be empathetic towards me
  • I can't disclose because my friends don't talk to me
  • I can't disclose because of terrified of how my family, friends react
  • I can't disclose because of distress of my family disruption
  • I can't disclose because of misery of being away from their care and love
  • I can't disclose because of the agony of being helpless for myself
  • I can't disclose because of anxious that I would be addicted to substances
  • I can't disclose because of concerned about the fulfillment of the basic needs
  • I can't disclose because of nervous that I would be homeless
  • I can't disclose because of troubled of neighbor's negative comments
  • I can't disclose because of listening to someone's past traumatic events
  • I can't disclose because of distress of people negative stereotype attitude and behaviors
  • I can't disclose because what others think about me
  • I can't disclose because people won't respect me
  • I can't be like this or anymore
  • Because it's against my/our


    • Customs
    • Values
    • Traditions
    • Culture
    • Norms
    • Religion
    • Nature
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Conflicts of interest

There are no conflicts of interest.






 

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