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  • Paperback: 374 pages
  • Publisher: Jason Aronson, Inc.; Second edition (October 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765701421
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765701428
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.3 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #606,420 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Along with the rising tide of homosexual emancipation, there is, both in the U.S. and Europe, an increasing demand from homosexual people troubled over their inner condition, for sympathetic, constructive, and—as far as possible—reconstructive help. Nicolosi offers a sensible alternative route. (Gerald J. M. van den Aardweg)

Offers hope to the thousands of men who do not want to feel coerced by either their own internal conflicts or by outside political pressures to live a life inimical to who they are and to who they want to be. (Althea J. Horner)

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51 of 71 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 25, 1998
Format: Paperback
I think Doctor Nicolosi is somewhat prejudiced (I hope I am not anti-gay in any way). He is also to some relgiously motivated (which raises my suspicions considerably). Nevertheless, I believe it is a unique resource for heterosexual men whose erotic life has been dominated by same sex attraction. It illustrates clearly why that previous sentence is not an utter contradiction in terms.
Nicolosi expresses the nature of male-male attraction as it affects some men - including myself - in a more lucid and humane way than I have ever come across elsewhere. For a long time I have travelled alone with my view of why I spent all my teens and most of my twenties fetishising maleness and being very insecure in my own. This book and Nicolosi's 'Healing Homosexuality : Case Stories of Reparative Therapy' which contains very similar themes to this book, have been a revalation to me.
Another reviewer here criticises the book as psychobabble. Nicolosi's book probably does read lik! e psychobabble if you don't know what it is like to be stuck with the dilemma that you prefer men, believe you are strong enough to come out, but just don't want to because you know something's not right. The reason why it's not right is because, for some men, there gayness is a symptom of the fact they never felt like other men and consciously or unconsciously craved to be men, but never knew how.
That is my story. The great objection that might be raised, which Nicolosi deals with neatly, is that I have been conditioned to hate gays and hate gay-ness in myself by a society which does not accept nonconformity. That's where my self-hatred comes from. For me, that's psychobabble.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Steven H. Propp TOP 100 REVIEWER on March 25, 2013
Format: Hardcover
The author wrote in the Preface to this 1991 book, "The psychotherapy of male homosexuals has been explored for many years. What is new in this book is the interweaving of several strands of clinical research: the development of male gender-identity... and the techniques of psychodynamic psychotherapy of male homosexuality..." He asserts, "the homosexual condition is a developmental problem---and one that often results from early problems between father and son. Heterosexual development necessitates the support and cooperation of both parents as the boy disidentifies from mother and identifies with father. Failure in relationship with father may result in failure to internalize male gender-identity." (Pg. xvi)

He states forcefully, "Yet in the history of psychiatry, has a heterosexual ever sought treatment for distress about his homosexuality and wished to become homosexual? When I put that question in correspondence to the chairman of the DSM Nomenclature Committee, Robert L. Spitzer, he replied, `The answer, as you suspected, is no.'" (Pg. 9) He admits, "Historically, the cure rate in the treatment of homosexuality has been low. In those few studies that do claim success, the percentage of clients converted to heterosexuality runs from 15 to 30 percent, and there is question whether `cure' was maintained on long-term follow-up. Such results have culminated in an acceptance of the condition." (Pg. 11)

He contends, "Homosexuality is a developmental problem that is almost always the result of problems in family relations, particularly between father and son. As a result of failure with father, the boy does not fully internalize male gender-identity, and develops homosexually. This is the most commonly seen clinical model." (Pg.
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29 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Cade M. Cannon on June 15, 2005
Format: Paperback
I read this book and it was very interesting. However it cannot be overlooked that many of the cases Nicolosi uses were of men who were sexually abused or who were otherwise emotionally disturbed. One can hardly assume that these are typical cases and thus one can't generalize as Nicolosi does. Also Nicolosi says that change is not always possible, but asserts that this emotional realization will ultimately lead to heterosexuality. I will give him much credit for speaking against therapy that only seeks to affirm the patient. It is useless to constantly tell a patient to love him or herself if, indeed, that person's "self" is not optimal or productive. Also, although biology may play a major role in homosexuality one should be wary of assuming that as determinative. Many of those studies are predispository and will only support the anti-gay fetish by portraying all gays and lesbians as animals who are "results" of their physical lusts. So this is an insightful book, but Nicolosi makes some very bold assumptions, is a bit chauvanistic, and theorizes that whenever a homosexual man is in therapy his anxiety is always caused by his homosexuality rather than the many other things that homosexuals as well as heterosexual deal with. It is a one-dimensional Catholic view of human sexuality but must be read for the emotional perspective. The problem in this country is not homosexuality, it is the religious right's obsession with precepts upon precepts while living a double standard, the left's one dimensional reactionary politics and pseudo-altruism while both sides are doing nothing. The problem in this country is the deep cynicism and the total obliviousness of the human condition. We are not dealing with God here, we are dealing with flesh and blood, human will against human will, and the forces of nature. Public sanctimony and peace doves will do little to save our families or to fully understand the human condition.
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