Alan Downs





Alan Downs



Alan Downs, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and the CEO of Michael's House.

His fifteen years of treating clients throughout America's culture have already been reflected in his numerous books in both leadership and self-help. His two most recent books include The Velvet Rage: Overcoming the Pain of Growing Up Gay in a Straight Man's World and The Half Empty Heart.

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The Velvet Rage: Overcoming...

4.01 avg rating — 1,847 ratings — published 2005 — 9 editions
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The Half-Empty Heart: A Sup...

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Why Does This Keep Happenin...

3.86 avg rating — 7 ratings — published 2002 — 4 editions
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Beyond the Looking Glass

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Secrets of an Executive Coa...

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Corporate Executions

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The Fearless Executive

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¿Por qué no encuentro senti...

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Corporate Executions: The U...

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7 Miracles of Management

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“The damaging part of learning to live your life in two parts , whether in reality or fantasy, cannot be underestimated. It is an infectious skill that you learned, one that would eventually spread beyond the bedroom of your life. Life wasn't ever what it seemed on the surface. Nothing could be trusted for what it appeared to be. After all, you weren't what you appeared to be. In learning to hide part of yourself, you lost the ability to trust anything or anyone fully. Without knowing it, you traded humane innocence for dry cynicism.”
Alan Downs, The Velvet Rage: Overcoming the Pain of Growing Up Gay in a Straight Man's World

“After a while, we’ve all sort of given up on finding Mr. Right. It’s more about are you Mr. In-My-Bed-Right-Now and, whatever you do, please don’t stay for breakfast.”
Alan Downs, The Velvet Rage: Overcoming the Pain of Growing Up Gay in a Straight Man's World

“Our own internal conflicts prevent us from gaining the emotional clarity needed to maintain a safe and satisfying bond. The situation compounds when two men, both overwhelmed with shame, come together in an intense and explosive expression of passion.”
Alan Downs, The Velvet Rage: Overcoming the Pain of Growing Up Gay in a Straight Man's World



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