Breaking Out: The Complete Guide to Building a Positive Gay Identity for Men and Women

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Insomniac Press, 2002 - Gays - 236 pages
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Although society is becoming more tolerant of gay people, and even accepting of them in some places, gay people continue to suffer psychological damage caused by growing up in largely homophobic societies. How can gay people learn to love themselves when most of the signals society sends out denigrate their very being? Dr. Kevin Alderson has developed a method of building a positive gay identity based on extensive research and years of successful use of self-help psychology in his own practice.
 

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Contents

How to Use This Book
14
Putting the Enemy to Sleep
25
Learning to Like Yourself
35
Squashing Denial
47
Reclaiming Your Self
58
Relinquishing the Lies That Haunt You
69
Releasing Your Personal Power
80
Struggling with Spirituality and Religion
90
The Art of Successful Dating
126
Having Great Sex
138
Creating Sustainable Relationships
149
Breaking the Silence
165
Breaking Out of the Family Closet
175
The Inside of Being a Gay Adolescent
189
The Outside of Being a Gay Adolescent
200
Breaking Out Around the World
213

The Joy of Being Gay
105
Friendships That Count
116
Appendix A How Do I Know If I Am Gay? 228 Appendix B Choosing a Therapist
230
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About the author (2002)

Dr. Kevin Alderson is an associate professor of counselling psychology at the University of Calgary. He has practiced psychology for twenty-five years. He is editor of the Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy and has recently co-authored the first Canadian edition of Counselling: A Comprehensive Profession. Dr. Alderson belongs to the Canadian Federation of Clinical Hypnosis, the Canadian Psychological Association, and the American Psychological Association.

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