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The Battle for Normality: Self-Therapy for Homosexual Persons Paperback – March 1, 1997


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 157 pages
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press (March 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0898706149
  • ISBN-13: 978-0898706147
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #541,689 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A great help for those who seek help with homosexual feelings.
Ivan Poljakovic
Moreover, they are not aligned with sensible judgement of the matter the book ineffectively attempts to address.
John Customer
It did not create an attraction to women, or remove or reduce my attraction to men.
John J Lamz

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304 of 332 people found the following review helpful By fawwer on July 15, 2000
Format: Paperback
Things change. When I read the first book of Van Den Aardweg many years ago, I revolted. Now I sincerely believe that his theory on the causes of homosexuality is the best one around: there is no doubt in my mind that fifty years from now, this book will be listed as the first comprehensive explanation model (it will take some time before that happens because of the ideological approach contemporary culture takes toward homosexuality: in the end, sound science always prevails, however).
So why did I change my mind? Back then, I just started therapy. I was depressed, afraid of aids, fed up with my endless relationships (the sex was good, but the rest quite unfulfilling) , and just looking for an exit out of my gay lifestyle without really believing that any exit existed. Not much happened till I found by chance the books of Van Den Aardweg. And believe me: even though, lukewarmingly, I wanted to change, I didn't like at all what I read: who likes to be called a neurotic little boy, filled with self-pity, and still complaining about the fact that he felt so lonely in adolescence and such a failure as a boy? I felt offended, rejected, and for months my mind just ground around to find counterarguments: no, it it is not selfpity, my loneliness was real, etc. But at the same time I was fascinated because about everything was recognizable: yeah, my mother had been dominating me in a suffocating way, and my father hadn't been much of a father to me, so that indeed I didn't get very well equipped to succeed as a boy among boys. Puberty had indeed been hell. Lonely, more or less friendless, feeling quite a failure, and taking refuge into the one thing I seemed good at, being intelligent.
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67 of 80 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 25, 1999
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Van dem Aardweg clearly explains (with substantial documentation of scientific literature) that no genetic factors determine a person's sexual orientation. On the contrary, such individuals developed such a neurosis from feeling isolated from their male peers as adolescents (either because they were not good in sports or the like) and then developing a chronic attitude of feeling sorry for oneself. In addition, van dem Aardweg explains in no uncertain terms the self-serving motives of the Gay Lobbiests, the unscientific studies which they promote, and the damage that they cause. The author also analyzes the reasons for the backsliding of many homosexuals who attempt to cure their homosexuality through Christianity. A truly profound book which bears reading and rereading.
Having struggled with homosexual thoughts for many years, I noticed a review of this book on the NARTH Web site last year. After internalizing the contents of this book and finding a psychologist (recommended by NARTH) with whom I explored this subject matter, my ulcers dissappeared, my depression dissipated, and I am more satisfied with my life than ever before.
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33 of 39 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 22, 1998
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This book provides real practical help to those who are unhappy with their homosexual desires. The first part is the theory of homosexuality (which boils down to the fact that it is a neurosis involving a gender inferiority complex, coupled with a strong tendency to self-pity), the second gives many practical suggestions about how to overcome unwanted homosexual impulses. A reader whose conscience tells him that homosexuality is not for him will find moral support and help, rather than simply being told that he has to accept himself the way he is and there is nothing he can do about it. It is written for Christians and certain references to spiritual matters might irritate some readers. Doubtless this book will have its critics, but the suggestions it gives work. This reader knows from experience.
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28 of 34 people found the following review helpful By JaneLovesJesus on June 28, 2007
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First off: If you only have time to read 1 review, skip down to FAWWER's. It is excellent and thorough & the reason I read the book.

Now my thoughts: This book is strong, strong medicine -- like chemotherapy-strong. In just 150 short pages, Dr. van den Aardweg gives a clear picture of the psychology of homosexuality, the self-defeating behavior patterns that must be broken, and direction as to how to do so.

Van den Aardweg's approach is definitely psychological not spiritual, but it would be compatible with Christianity, and he does make references to religion.

The first half of the book is vivid description of some of the neurotic behavior patterns associated with homosexuality: tendency to easily take offense, indulge in self-pity, over-dramatize, view the self as both special and tragic, fixate on uniqueness over commonality. Gee, that is harsh, no? He even states that he thinks you cannot be both homosexual and non-neurotic. (ouch and a half) But he is a man of both strength and compassion. I cannot say that I think all people who identify as gay would see themselves prone to the traits he describes, but I'm sure some do, and to those, I think this book would be powerfully helpful.

Dr. van den A. insists that a necessary ingredient to change is a strong WILL. This book is (obviously, I think) only for those who really WANT to change, and have the strength of character to try.

Back to his compassion: The most touching element? The book's dedication page. Clearly the author is angry that those who do NOT wish to yield to homosexual feelings are increasingly shut out of any effort to help them.
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