Another Thread from the Tapestries of Alfred Corn:
The prejudice of the larger society is often internalized in particular individuals. So that women doubt the value of themselves and other women; people of color become anxious about their own ability and value; Jews let themselves be affected by prevailing attitudes and become "self-hating"; and gay people develop homophobia. Our first instinct is to dismiss this psychological configuration as absurd. But I sense that it is actually a very strong current in human affairs, affecting all sorts of actions and decisions.