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Being Homosexual: Gay Men and Their Development

Being Homosexual: Gay Men and Their Development

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by Isay

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Many psychiatrists still tend to view homosexuality as an emotional disturbance arising from unsatisfactory childhood relations with parents. Disputing them, Isay, a psychiatrist who has treated gay men for more than 20 years, views his patients' homosexual orientation as totally normal, nonpathological and constitutional in origin. In this succinct, clearly written volume, he maps the developmental stages in the gay male's life cycle, from the small boy's awareness of same-sex impulses to ``self-labeling,'' coming out, homosocialization (forming friendships with other gay men) and mature integration of one's sexual identity. Isay is especially good at showing how a rejecting father and a close-binding or denigrating mother can damage the gay male's sense of self-worth. He brings a liberal, liberating, neo-Freudian perspective to a discussion of gay relationships, homoerotic fantasies, bisexuality, the effects of the AIDS epidemic and society's increasing homophobia on gay men's emotional development. (Apr.)
Library Journal - Library Journal
Isay (psychiatry, Cornell and Columbia) addresses himself both to his professional colleagues and to gay men who wish to understand more fully the dynamics of their own development. He differs sharply with orthodox psychoanalysis in rejecting the categorical classification of homosexuality per se as pathological. Instead, he insists--on the basis of his clinical experience--that homosexuality is both constitutional and the natural end point of psychosexual development for some. Isay focuses on the influences of an ``early erotic attachment to the father'' on the course of adult gay male sexuality. An important work, radically different in its assumptions and conclusions from many others on this topic. Highly recommended.-- James Michael MacLeod, Library of Congress
Isay (psychiatry, Cornell Medical College) has published or presented most of these papers in this or another form--five in Psychoanalytic study of the child. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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1st ed

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