Healing Homosexuality: Case Stories of Reparative Therapy (Google eBook)

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Jason Aronson, Jan 1, 1993 - Psychology - 230 pages
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"In 1973, when all the arguments were presented to the American Psychiatric Association both for and against the idea of homosexuality as pathology, it was the personal disclosures of gay men that had the most influence. Listening to their stories of frustration in treatment - and their newfound happiness through acceptance of a gay identity - the American Psychiatric Association voted to omit homosexuality as a diagnostic category." "Now, twenty years later, Dr. Joseph Nicolosi presents the opposite kind of personal testimony. This testimony is from homosexual men who have tried to accept a gay identity but were dissatisfied, and then benefited from psychotherapy to help free them of homosexuality. While each client has his unique story. Nicolosi has chosen eight men as representative of the personalities he has encountered in the twelve years during which he has treated over 200 homosexual clients. These men are engaged in a "two-front war" - an internal assault against their own unwanted desires, and an external battle against a popular culture that does not understand or value their struggle. In their own words, we hear these men's struggles to develop healthy, non-erotic male friendships. We hear of their fear and anger toward the men in their lives, and their strained relationships with the fathers they never understood. Nicolosi contends that every man possesses aspects of these clients: the frailty of Albert, the integrity of Charlie, the rage of Dan, the narcissism of Steve, and the ambivalence of Roger, to list some of them." "Some readers of this book may be surprised by the directive style of Dr. Nicolosi's therapeutic intervention. In part, this is due to the editorial synthesis of the transcript. More importantly, however, reparative therapy does require a more involved therapist - a benevolent provocateur who departs from the tradition of uninvolved, opaque analyst to become a salient male presence. The therapist must balance active challenge with warm encouragement to follow the father-son model. This is an essential principle of reparative therapy."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
  

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It is a shame that so many people get so upset about this book without even seeing what it is about. As a struggling bisexual (for 32 years) this book speaks to emotions that many have, and Read full review

Contents

AlbertThe Little Boy Within
1
TomA Married Man
23
Father JohnThe Double Life
45
CharlieThe Search for the Masculine Self
65
DanThe Angriest Man
89
SteveThe Seeker of Male Symbols
105
EdwardAgony of a Youth
119
RogerDo I Really Want to Be Here?
145
Men TogetherHow Group Therapy Heals
177
How Reparative Therapy Works
211
References
225
Index
227
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About the author (1993)

Joseph Nicolosi, Ph.D., is founder and Clinical Director of the Thomas Aquinas Psychological Clinic, and co-founder of the National Association for the Research and Therapy of Homosexuality. Dr. Nicolosi received his training at the New School for Social Research and the California School of Professional Psychology. He is a member of the American Psychological Association and the California Psychological Association. Dr. Nicolosi is the author of Reparative Therapy of Male Homosexuality and numerous professional articles. He is a frequent lecturer and is in private practice in Encino, California.

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