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Reparative Therapy of Male Homosexuality: A New Clinical Approach Paperback – 1 Oct 1997

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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 70 people found the following review helpful
A Unique Voice in a Fraught Debate 25 July 1998
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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.
Nicolosi also presents a clear critique of the virulence with which some gay men react to the notion that there may be those with similar desires to their own who believe they would like to change and can change to a fundamental heterosexual orientation. Like Nicolosi I think this smacks of the sa! me doctrinare and bigoted viewpoint which gay men - rightly! - feel they are too often faced with.
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
By Steven H Propp - Published on
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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. 25) He adds, "Although heterosexual men may describe their fathers unfavorably, homosexual men are stronger in their rejection of their father as a model." (Pg. 45)

He observes, "the central cause of gay promiscuity is to be found in the inherently unfulfilling character of the homosexual condition." (Pg. 140) He concedes, "Treatment before the early twenties has its particular difficulties... Prognosis is also poorer with older men over 35. For too many, their deeply ingrained sexual patterns have made them cynical about change." (Pg. 164-165) He later adds, "If our use of the word `change' rather than `cure' sounds pessimistic, one should consider the use of the word `cure' as it applies to other psychiatric conditions." (Pg. 166)

Few people will remain "neutral" about Nicolosi's book; but it is better to read it for oneself and form one's own opinion, than rely on second-hand opinions taken from others.
21 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Politically correct it isn't: Hope for those who want it. 22 Jun 1998
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Nicolosi writes from practical therapuetic experience giving hope for those who want change and find their isn't much help available out there. If you're looking for political correctness you won't find it here. Those wanting a way out of homosexuality are a neglected minority and Nicolosi is a skilled and articulate advocate. Good details on origins and the change process.
31 of 44 people found the following review helpful
A bold voice of wisdom amidst the roar of popular opinion! 30 July 1998
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Nicolosi has written a fine work that speaks for countless homosexually-oriented men who do not choose to embrace the "gay life." This timely and greatly needed book represents those men who find themselves attracted to other men, yet know that their ultimate fulfillment and wholeness won't be found by "coming out." They're not confused. Rather, these men have chosen a decisively bold and courageous counter-cultural journey of inner-healing and healthy relating that has often left them ignored and unrecognized. That is, until now!
13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Pioneering work with much hope 4 May 1999
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Format: Paperback
After hearing Nicolosi in a conference I was interested that he has recently claimed to continue this work on over 500 patients. His work and book seem to be sound and support the view that dominated psychology and homosexuality a few decades ago. Recent research has made many claims in support of homosexuality which has been unscientific. Nicolosi rationally and thoroughly discusses homosexual behavior as a symptom of a disorder rather than a genetically inherited lifestyle. His work is sound and his research hard to dispute. I believe his research will be the pioneering work for the future of sexuality studies. This book is difficult to read but is of great help to those trying to find sound research and work on helping homosexuals return to heterosexualty.
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