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A Parent's Guide to Preventing Homosexuality
A Parent's Guide to Preventing Homosexuality (Paperback)
by Joseph, Ph.D. Nicolosi, Linda Ames Nicolosi "At the very heart of the homosexual condition is conflict about gender..." (more)
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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. Features & Benefits

* draws from the clinical experience and professional research of Dr. Nicolosi and other psychologists

* engages the question of whether homosexuality is learned, biological or both

* uncovers significant factors that contribute to children's healthy self-identity

* includes personal stories from parents, children and ex-homosexual men and women

* guides parents to lay a healthy foundation for heterosexual identity for their children

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IVP: Many people think that homosexuality is part of a person's natural identity. Is homosexuality really something that can be prevented?

Joseph Nicolosi: Homosexuality is understood by the majority of mental health practitioners working in this field to result from the interaction of biological, social and psychological factors. The social and psychological factors can be modified. What parents can do to make a homosexual outcome unlikely is to lay the best possible foundation for their child's secure gender identity. IVP: Homosexuality as a developmental disorder has been taken out of the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual. Why do you still say that it is a developmental disorder?

Linda Nicolosi: Psychiatry says a disorder is characterized by distress and disability. We see a lot of subjective distress in homosexually-oriented people which cannot be attributed solely to social discrimination. We also believe there is evidence of a "disability" in the homosexually-oriented person's feeling of not being comfortable with members of their own sex, of feeling "different" and inadequate, and of course, in not being able to function according to their biologically mandated sexual design.

There is a proven higher level of psychiatric disorders suffered by homosexually-oriented people, even in very gay-friendly countries like The Netherlands. This, including the high level of gay promiscuity and the interest in perverse practices--the search for what gay men call "sexual variety"--is suggestive, we believe, that nature's design is heterosexual. Furthermore, the gay world is very destructive to our communal understanding of healthy gender identity and gender roles, to the stability of the traditional family, and to our integrity as persons who are designed to live in accordance with our created natures.

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      120 of 172 people found the following review helpful:

      A how-to guide for married misery, August 4, 2004
      Reviewer: Bucky (KCMO, United States) - See all my reviews
      First of all, I'm ashamed that so many of the one-star reviewers here don't seem to have actually read the book, but instead are relying on hearsay and name calling. I've read the book extensively, and it's quite easy to condemn on its own merits.

      The bottom line of what Nicolosi theorizes: We are gay because of a disruption in our relationship with our same-sex parent, which causes a gender dysphoria and incomplete sense of maleness/femaleness.

      And this is garbage. Yes, one might say my relationship with my father was not as warm and close as with my mother, and I did indeed turn out gay. Yet in the very same household, my sister was openly combative with my mother from an extremely young age, and she is a raging heterosexual.

      Furthermore, my best male friend has a father who rarely, if ever spoke at the home, and spent 45 weeks a year out on the road as a traveling salesman. This friend turned out heterosexual, and maintains an excellent relationship with his very smart, with-it wife.

      I know of very few men, gay or straight, who have warm'n'cuddly relationships with their fathers. Of all my friends, the two who have always been closest with their dads are both -- wait for it -- gay themselves.

      Nicolosi has developed all his techniques with that unique subset of gay people who are so mentally anguished at their homosexuality that they would do anything to "get over" it. These self-selected subjects are in absolutely no way representative as a sample of the larger gay population.

      This is the main reason his work is utterly invalid as science. You cannot develop a psychological treatment for such an amorphous condition as homosexuality, and you can't claim success when the people who came to you desperate for a treatment claim to be cured! There's no "gay test," and many prominent ex-gays have reverted back to their true nature. If the poster boys (John Paulk) can't keep on the straight and narrow, wouldn't you think this is darned good evidence that the "cure" doesn't work?

      Who's to say your willowy, feminine son is going to be gay, or your tool-wielding daughter is going to turn out a lesbian?

      The sleazy video booths and rest stops of this nation are crawling with homosexual men who have gotten married, then freaked out when they realize they're never going to have any of the physical components that every human being needs. They then go out for no-strings, anonymous gay sex...and often end up bringing bugs back home to the unsuspecting wife.

      I went through Nicolosi-style treatment myself, which resulted in a 3-year marriage to a woman whom I genuinely did love intellectually...but who did nothing for me on a deep emotional and physical level. Luckily for me, my absolute inability to satisfy her physical needs led her to leave me. Yes, it was the most difficult time in my life, far worse than acknowledging my own homosexuality as a teenager. But it was the best thing that has ever happened to me.

      You simply cannot imagine the feeling of being trapped in a sham marriage, especially when you actually have deep feelings for the woman you are binding to yourself.

      Sorry, Mr. Nicolosi, but spending time playing football with your kid isn't going to help "fix" him. I skateboarded, rode BMX and climbed trees with the best of them when I was 7. Whatever caused it, it's still part of me, and this ridiculous "cure" isn't going to help.

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      78 of 114 people found the following review helpful:

      This Book Is Destined To Be Hated, March 25, 2005
      Reviewer: R. Kirkham "jrkirkham" (Rushville, Illinois USA) - See all my reviews
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      But that doesn't mean it shouldn't be read. Those who've read my other reviews know that I often find controversial books more challenging. Now, let me share some of the pros and cons of this book, as I see them.

      The authors examine homosexuality from the old paradigm of GID (Gender Identity Disorder). They back up their data with studies, that as far as I can find in my research, are extremely at odds with today's political winds, but nevertheless are accurate.

      The authors treat the subject with clinical care (but certainly from the point of view that homosexuality is something to be avoided).

      With a point of view that is politically incorrect, but scientifically defendable, the authors lean toward homosexuality being caused by nurture rather than nature and give guidelines to help parents guard against their children becoming homosexuals.

      The book is written almost exclusively from the perspective of a family with an overly protective mother, disengaged father, and male son leaning toward homosexuality. Out of 10 chapters only 1 chapter deals with lesbians. That chapter leaves more unanswered questions than the others.

      If you are an aggresive advocate of homosexuality this book will make you angry.

      If you are a lesbian or have a child with lesbian tendencies, this book will be almost useless to you.

      If you (like me) like to hear both sides of an issue, you will like this book.

      If you are politically and religiously conservative, this book will back up opinions you already hold.

      If you are gay, this book may confuse you and possibly even trouble you on many levels.

      If you are the parents of a male child with homosexual tendencies, you probably have already read enough from this review to know if you want to purchase this book.

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      1 of 2 people found the following review helpful:

      unfortunate research, June 29, 2006
      Reviewer: S. Egan (uk) - See all my reviews
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      i found myself becoming very sad as i realised the basic premise behind this book. the idea that nature has a heterosexual bias flies in the continued incidence of same-sex attraction throughout history and also in the animal kingdom. for exhaustive research on this i suggest reading biological exuberance - a very definitive volume. the idea that homosexuality is solely about sex and promiscuity has been refuted very well in david nimmons book soul beneath the skin. i suggest these books might help you understand what your child is going through and their chance to lead a healthy life more than this - in my view - misguided book.

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      3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:

      Interesting, June 13, 2006
      Reviewer: huck finn "huck" (florida) - See all my reviews
      This book is bound to cause controversy due to the sensitive topic with which it is concerned, however that is no reason to simply label it as invalid without taking the time to read it.

      As much as I wish it weren't true, homosexuality in today's society is by no means considered "normal" or "ordinary". No matter how many studies are carried out in the animal kingdom to attempt to prove that it is natural, it will continue to be thought of by parents as a hinderance to their childrens future. Therefore many parents may wish to steer their child away from homosexuality with the methods contained within this book. Fortunately the methods which are described will not harm a child and If anything will be a benefit to a child e.g a child having a stronger bond with their father.

      I am by no means an expert on the subject, however when I looked deeper into the subject I was continually pointed towards the same inevitable conclusion - That homosexuality IS in a large number of cases due to upbringing and not genetics. The numerous examples cited in the text also back up this claim.

      It seems as if a father figure is in many ways more important while growing up than a mother. A vast number of psycological problems, as well as homosexuality can in many cases be directly attributed to the relationship between a father and son and also a father and daughter.

      This book is an interesting read to any parents who are concerned about their childs sexuality or anyone who wants to find out more about the topic.

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      7 of 13 people found the following review helpful:

      READ THE BOOK!, March 27, 2006
      Reviewer: Claudia (Houston, Texas United States) - See all my reviews
      Most of you people out there who are dogging this book, haven't even read it! How can you review a book when you haven't even read it? Have an open mind, read it. and then review it.

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      11 of 21 people found the following review helpful:

      If just one of Nicolosi's claims is true..., March 19, 2006
      Reviewer: Marc Garcia "Member of Mankind" (Paris, France) - See all my reviews
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      I thought twice about writing a review of a book I'd only read a few pages of, but from the majority of posts here, reading it at all seems not to be a pre-requisite in the slightest. The problem many homosexuals will have with this dummies' guide is the golfball sized reality pill that must be swallowed if just *one*, just 1 of Nicolosi's "patients" is a true "ex-gay." He offers hundreds of examples. How good are the odds that just one is true? This rare exception to the rule would hence debunk the majority claim that homosexuality is "purely genetic and cannot be reversed". Just one exception would also force you to scratch your head and think "If it's possible for him/her, no matter how slim the chance, maybe I can/could have reversed my genetic tendency too?" Just as with alcoholics and Christians (insofar as their belief that their deity controls their destinies) and so many others, the only way homosexuals can be truly comfortable in their own skins is to say "It's purely genetic, it's out of my hands, I have no choice." If it can be reversed, by definition there is a choice. And please spare the "the AMA and the APA said it so it must be true" garbage. They're about as unbiased and agenda free as Nicolosi's NARTH and the Bush administration. While you're at it, save the "this book will only *harm* gays who read it, we must care for them to save them from depression and suicide" melodrama too. This "genuine concern" is sadly ironic coming from a demographic that has the highest incidence of AIDS in the country, presumably from the concotion of promosicuity and unprotected sex. So what's the tagline now, "Help them feel comfortable with being gay so they don't kill themselves now so we can kill them later with the hiv?" Where's all your genuine concern for the great lay you had at that one bar last year who's dying now in front of his family and friends? Bigotry is clearly not a monopoly of the religious right.

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