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A Parent's Guide to Preventing Homosexuality [Kindle Edition]

Joseph Nicolosi , Linda Ames Nicolosi
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Homosexuality: is it learned, biological or both?

The answer to this question deeply concerns parents. They want to know how they can best raise their children. A common belief today is that nothing can be done to foster the development of healthy heterosexual orientation in children. But the clinical experience and professional research of Dr. Nicolosi and others indicates otherwise.

In this groundbreaking book Joseph and Linda Ames Nicolosi uncover the most significant factors that contribute to a child's healthy sense of self as male or female. Listening to moving recollections from ex-homosexual men and women who describe what was missing in their own childhoods, the Nicolosis provide clear insight for identifying potential developmental roadblocks and give practical advice to parents for helping their children securely identify with their gender.

Replete with personal stories from parents, children and ex-homosexual strugglers, A Parent's Guide to Preventing Homosexuality offers compassion and hope for all those parents who seek to lay a foundation for a healthy heterosexual identity in their children.

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1.3 out of 5 stars
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119 of 127 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Wretched 26 Jun. 2012
By James
Format:Paperback
An abomination that such a book exists in the twenty-first century and shame on all parents who read this ridiculous rubbish. Accept your child for who they are, not what you wish to make them.
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74 of 81 people found the following review helpful
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It was hard, at times, not to think that this apology for a 'self help' book was not some kind of darkly satirical attack on 'restorative' (awful, awful term) practices aimed at trying to prevent gay people being themselves.But it's not a satire, it's deadly serious.

It has the usual shallow and highly selective use of (often poor quality) research to suit its own ends, common in this kind of book, and some jaw droppingly offensive descriptions of gay people, particularly, but not exclusively in relation to men, which bear little resemblance to any of the gay people I know. Worst of all are the journals of 'therapy' whereby parents and young people give chilling accounts of their desperate attempts to stop their children being themselves, 'supported' by the 'therapist'.

As a window on the sad and insidiously hateful views of people who support these approaches however, it is a real, if very depressing, insight.

Though insight is very sadly lacking in the book itself, which seeks to demonise and pathologise a community who have had, and still have in a global sense, to put up with very real persecution, including, in some countries, the threat of the death penalty. Read it and weep.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Intolerant nonsense. 27 Nov. 2012
By Beth
Format:Kindle Edition
Other popular titles in this series or literature include:

The suicide bombers family guide: how to indoctrinate your child into a jihadi
The KKK handbook: Make you child a racist like you.
Spot the difference: a point and laugh guide
How to raise a religious bigot.
A parents guide on how to overreact and disown your child.

These titles wouldn't be allowed to be sold through an international company so why is this book being sold. Its essentially the same intolerant rhetoric !!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Remember Alan Turing. 27 Nov. 2012
By Rich H
Format:Paperback
Instead of reading this book, parents might usefully reflect on the fate of one of the world's greatest mathematicians, Alan Turing, the man who broke the 'Enigma' code (and thus in a critical way, helped defeat the Nazis). He also made the theoretical breakthrough that led to the development of computers. Not only was Turing a genius but he was also gay. During the socially repressive 1950s Turing underwent chemical treatment to 'cure' his homosexuality. Consumed with depression and despair, he killed himself. "The Man Who Knew Too Much: Alan Turing and the Invention of the Computer" by David Leavitt is also available on Amazon.

Meanwhile the LA Times reports (August 26 2012) that California is about to outlaw anti-gay treatment programmes because of their demonstrably harmful impacts on individuals, particularly children.

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Aside from the suicides, depression, and a life-time struggling with low self-esteem, Lara Embry in her article notes that 'it is not as though the jury is still out on this kind of "therapy." The consensus of leading professional associations is not only that conversion therapy doesn't work; it is also potentially harmful. The American Psychological Assn., the American Counseling Assn. and the American Psychiatric Assn. all declared long ago that being gay, lesbian or bisexual is not a form of mental illness or defect, and they have issued statements criticizing the practice of trying to change a person's sexual orientation.

Recently, even the president of Exodus, one of the most prominent national groups advocating conversion therapy, announced that he no longer believes a person's sexual orientation can simply be changed.
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1.0 out of 5 stars An egotist who knows nothing 27 Nov. 2012
Format:Paperback
The author of this book displays a complete lack of understanding of the issues which he is writing about.

The first chapter talks about a young child whose mother thinks is gay; they play with dolls, like to dress up, and engage in generally "girly" activities. The author views this as a problem, despite the fact that it isn't - far greater problems arise from suppressing who this child is and not allowing them to be themself, to be who they are. The author continually conflates gender and sexuality, an idea long ago rejected by the scientific community because it was quite simply wrong. Later, he outright denies the identities of trans* people.

The author repeatedly praises himself and brags about the things that he has done and been part of. He tries to force himself into a position of authority, whilst simultaneously displaying a complete lack of knowledge and understanding. He tries to make it seem like the only solution is him. The author is disgusting.

This book is written for a very specific audience: people who think that being gay is wrong and people who think that being trans* is bad. This book is aimed entirely at people who already agree with him and his outdated views. This book is not written to educate. This book merely harms.

It looks to "cure" being gay or trans*, rather than to open society up and make it more accepting. People aren't "dissatisfied" with being gay because they don't like members of the same sex, they are dissatisfied because books like this perpetuate falsehoods that they were taught as kids - they were taught to demonise homosexuals, and so they were taught to demonise themselves.

It's not just a terribly written and badly researched book. It perpetuates falsehoods. It causes harm. It causes very real harm.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
some pages cut and written on
Published 2 months ago by naomi mclellan-edwards
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
This book is completely homophobic and shame on Amazon for not removing it from its webpage.
Published 2 months ago by Joćo Santos
5.0 out of 5 stars Saved my daughters soul.
My daughter Aydan was showing signs early on, thanks to this wonderful book by Joseph Nicolosi I was able to put her back onto gods one true path. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Lucius
5.0 out of 5 stars My son was on his knees and pleasing Jesus! (Our mexican gardener)
This book is fantastic! I was able to turn my happy young gay son into a depressed, hate filled, self loathing wreck. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Dippydocus
1.0 out of 5 stars Mess up your kids' lives
I was horrified to come across this title being sold on Amazon - a company which I had hitherto, thought a leader in ethical business practice. I was sadly very wrong. Read more
Published 10 months ago by artyboy
1.0 out of 5 stars Disgraceful
I just can't believe Amazon would even stock this trash - except they also stock books like To Train a Child which has helpful tips like choosing the best material to beat your... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars what the frikkin frak?
This has to be one of the worst things I have ever seen for sale in my life. Please stop selling this rubbish.
Published 13 months ago by Blue
1.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely discussing...
This is ridiculous. I feel sorry for the kids who's parents actually buy this book. People are born gay, no matter what you do it will not change who they are. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Ben Bell
1.0 out of 5 stars Remove this dangerous rubbish
This book is not only a complete and utter load of rubbish but is in fact actually dangerous. Please AMAZON remove it!
Published 13 months ago by M.Beresford
1.0 out of 5 stars Remove this evil book
Amazon, you need to remove this book. It is helping bigoted parents to torture their children. Homosexuality is not something that can or should be altered. Read more
Published 13 months ago by CalMc
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