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Finally Out: Letting Go of Living Straight, a Psychiatrist's Own Story

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Dr. Loren A. Olson has frequently been asked two questions: How could you not know that you were gay until the age of forty? Wasn't your marriage just a sham to protect yourself at your wife's expense? In Finally Out, Dr. Olson vigorously answers both questions by telling the inspiring story of his evolving sexuality, into which he intelligently weaves psychological concep ...more
Paperback, 280 pages
Published March 10th 2011 by inGroup Press (first published January 31st 2011)
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Jun 04, 2012 Rachelle rated it really liked it
I was very excited to read this book. As someone who went "back into the closet" in her early 20s after identifying as a lesbian in high school and then finally coming out again in her early 30s, I wondered if Dr. Olsen would touch on some of the same feelings and issues I struggled with.

It was a very well-written book. I had expected a memoir-type book, but large quantities of the book is written from a psychosocial perspective. As a social work nerd, I enjoyed this style of writing, but for pe
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This is an uneven book, and would have been better served with a tighter editorial hand. There is no discernable logical progression of the topics discussed, and even within individual chapters, there are often no cohesive themes. As other reviewers have indicated, the title and jacket copy lead one to believe that it will be largely autobigraphical, with other bits woven in. In fact, the poor editiing makes the biographical information very non-linear, and almost intrusive upon the ohter portio ...more
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Jan 29, 2015 Tim Rymel rated it it was amazing
As a writer and researcher, I bought the book as a resource on men who come out later in life. I absolutely LOVED all of the data wrapped around the story. I got way more out of the book than I anticipated, both personally and professionally. I am recommending this book to the many men I know who tried reparative therapy and who got married on a religious promise of change. The devastation to them and their families caused them to face up to reality later than sooner. The questions this book ans ...more
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Jun 18, 2011 Becky Sidney rated it really liked it
I think this is an excellent and thought-provoking book which is easy to read. As a 61 y.o. heterosexual female, I was appreciative of the insite into the emotional processes of aging. Also, as a primary care dr, I found the perspective of a middle-age gay male very helpful and enlightening. Thanks, Dr Olson.
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A well thought out and researched book. As a gay women it was interesting to see the similarities and difference of our male counterparts. But on the whole we all seem to go through the same struggles. I would definately recommend this book to someone who is struggling to come out.
Steve Woods
Well there was a lot in this, the book provided insights that I had never considered. It also provides some history of GLBT experience in the US and is an easy read.
Apr 22, 2011 Mary rated it it was amazing
Wonderful book of a man's voyage though life as a gay man and his struggles. This a a must read book!
May 28, 2011 Mary rated it it was amazing
throughly enjoyed this book!! worth reading again.
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Julie Silver, MD, Harvard: "Loren's compassion shines through when he speaks, and audiences readily connect with him." Dr. Olson says about himself, "I'm just your average, gay, close-to-retirement psychiatrist, living with my husband on a farm in rural Iowa-of-all-places."

But Dr. Olson is also a board certified psychiatrist who has been engaged in the clinical practice of psychiatry for over 35 y
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