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Author Isay, Richard A., author

Title Being homosexual : gay men and their development / Richard A. Isay
Edition Softcover edition, 1994
Published Northvale, N.J. : J. Aronson, 1994
Northvale, New Jersey : Jason Aronson, Inc., 1994


Location Call no. Vol. Availability
 MELB  155.3 Isa/Bhg 1994  AVAILABLE
Description ix, 159 pages ; 22 cm
Series The Master work series
Master work series.
Summary "Over the course of twenty years of working with gay men in analysis and therapy, Richard Isay has become convinced that homosexuality is not a mental illness; it is not deviant behavior, as many in our society continue to believe. In fact, homosexuality is found throughout history in every race, class and culture. Yet generations of gay men who have sought help in psychoanalytic therapy have faced efforts to change the natural object of their deepest desire--efforts which cause serious harm. Though trained in traditional psychoanalytic theory, Isay has come to a radically different way of working with gay men. He has determined that there is a natural developmental path that homosexuals follow which, as with homosexuals, is fraught with predictable obstacles and crises. Clearing away the tangle of myths about homosexual behavior and its origins, Dr. Isay lays out that path. He also explores the nature of impediments to sustained and loving gay relationships, analyzing two of the most crippling: paternal rejection and the internalization of Western society's extreme homophobia. Until there is social and legal change to support the expression of love and commitment between homosexuals, early psychological intervention may help homosexual children build healthy self-esteem in the face of social stigmatization. Recently, AIDS has aggravated that stigmatization, and Being Homosexual examines the profound impact that it has had on gay men's development. For therapists, this is a book that offers concrete guidance in working with homosexual men more effectively and with greater understanding. For gay men themselves, this is a clear and empathetic account of their development and the conflicts and barriers they face"--Page 2 of dust jacket
Analysis Homosexuality Psychology
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Gay men -- Mental health -- United States.
Gay men -- Psychology.
Gay men -- Sexual behavior.
Gay men -- Sexual behavior -- United States.
Gay men -- United States -- Psychology.
Psychoanalysis and homosexuality -- United States.
Psychosexual development -- United States.
Psychosexual development.
Homosexuality, Male -- psychology.
Psychosexual Development.
Sexual Behavior.
LC no. 94071089
ISBN 1568212763