Roots of reparative therapy – Momism as a root of homosexuality

Yesterday, I quoted the bookjacket of Their Mothers' Sons by Edward Strecker which proposes smothering mothering as a culprit for the failure of boys to become men. Today, I want to quote a bit more from the book, specifically in reference to homosexuality. Of course, Strecker sees mom as being at root of the gay.First,  I provide Strecker's basic diagnosis of the sad lot of sons who find themselves in mom's grips. Strecker's laboratory was war. He lamented that over 3 million men dodged the … [Read more...]

Bullying is not a growth experience

UPDATE 2: The statement below has now been removed from the NARTH website. The first interview with Glatze is still available. Not sure what happened, the statement of regret was pretty shortlived (not quite a full day).UPDATE: This statement has replaced the Glatze interview on the NARTH website:Following the counsel of our friends at Exodus and others in the ex-gay community we have removed the Michael Glatze interview from our site. Some of his public comments have been found to b … [Read more...]

Father-son estrangement: A straight guy problem?

Last Friday, I wrote about father-son estrangement and the new book by Joseph Nicolosi, Shame and attachment loss: The practical work of reparative therapy. Since then, I have looked off and on for illustrations of father-son estrangement in current events, literature and movies. Others are sending illustrations via email as well. Feel free to add examples in the comments section.In these stories, both fictional and real life, the vast majority of abandoned or injured sons are straight. Of c … [Read more...]

Spontaneous change compared to therapeutically mediated change

Something has been bothering me, running around in my head since I did the brief series of posts on Dean Byrd's review of LDS book, In Quiet Desperation (here, here and here).In their review of Ty Mansfield's book, Byrd et al make this statement:The book inadvertently limits the power of the Atonement in the lives of people who struggle with homosexual attraction. As professionals with many combined years of practice in treating those with unwanted homosexual attraction, we have witnessed … [Read more...]

Mankind Project goes transparent

In 2007, I took some heat over my interest in and criticism of the Mankind Project. My initial interest was sparked by the suicide of Michael Scinto shortly after attending a New Warriors Training Adventure, the signature program of MKP. In addition to my interest in strange approaches to counseling, this program was doubly intriguing because reparative therapists and their supporters (e.g., Joe Nicolosi, Richard Cohen, Arthur Goldberg, Paul Miller) recommend NWTA as a way to reduce same-sex … [Read more...]

Reparative theory: Only one way?

What he said :)Trinidad.Adventist.Gay?! is doing a couple of posts on reparative drive theory with a focus on "why this idea is so seductive for conservative Christians..."He is certainly correct about groupthink on the matter. … [Read more...]

NARTH releases journal

The National Association for the Research and Therapy of Homosexuality recently released a journal.PRESS RELEASEFor Immediate ReleaseJune 10, 2009Contact: David PrudenPhone: (888) 364-4744E-mail: dpruden@earthlink.netNew Scientific Research Refutes Unsubstantiated Claims Regarding HomosexualityEncino, CA- A new report in this month's edition of the peer-reviewed Journal of Human Sexuality finds that sexual orientation is not immutable and that psychological care for … [Read more...]

WorldNetDaily suddenly finds year old NARTH article newsworthy

A reader emailed me to say that the American Psychological Association had recently changed the official view on homosexuality causation to endorse an environmental set of causes. The prompt for the email was this article from WorldNetDaily: "'Gay' gene claim suddenly vanishes"To arrive at this startling conclusion, the WND writer, Rob Unruh quotes an article published more than a year ago from NARTH titled, "APA's New Pamphlet On Homosexuality De-emphasizes The Biological Argument, … [Read more...]


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