White Heterosexual Male Syndrome: a Diagnostic Criteria

A. Persistent difficulties in the social use of verbal and nonverbal communication as manifested by one or more of the following:

  1. Interrupting others when they are trying to make a point
  2. Not realizing that you have repeated a point made by someone else just a second ago
  3. Re-explaining something someone else has said in “better” terms
  4. Explaining something you know more about because, well, you are male


B. Restricted, repetitive patterns of behavior, interests, or activities, as manifested by at least two of the following, currently or by history

  1. Looking things up in the primary literature during a lecture just to let the female professor know they are wrong
  2. Having different titles for males and females with the same occupation (ex. An orthopedic surgeon can be a male but a female is an “ortho chick”)


C. The onset of the symptoms is in the early developmental period (but deficits may not become fully manifest until social communication demands exceed limited capacities)

  1. Talking a lot in discussions meant to garner input from the vast majority of the population in a room, increasingly more throughout college and graduate school
  2. An inculcated belief system in which White privilege does not exist


D. The deficits result in functional limitations in effective communication, social participation, social relationships, individually or in combination.

  1. Thinking curly hair is exotic and needing to touch it
  2. Have never had to think about whether your ethnic name says more about you on your resume than your credentials do
  3. Deciding a lived experience is a lie because it is not oneĀ that aligns with your view of groups of people

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