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Commitment and Healing: Gay Men and the Need for Romantic Love

3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  25 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
What's love got to do with it? Everything, according to Richard Isay's informed and illuminating look at the role of romance in modern gay life. I highly recommend this book for people of any generation and partnership status. --Dean H. Hamer, Ph.D., author of The Science of Desire and The God Gene "Richard Isay offers something far better than simple bromides and false ho ...more
ebook, 160 pages
Published December 3rd 2010 by John Wiley & Sons (first published April 30th 2006)
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Stephen
Aug 09, 2012 Stephen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm amazed by the negative Goodreads reviews of this, because I found it so insightful, helpful, and well-written. It's been a valuable supplement to my own therapeutic process. The author's conclusions are based on his long experience as a therapist with gay clients, not merely on Freudian theory or heterosexist constructs, as another reviewer says. I would strongly recommend this to any gay man seeking to find or stay in a committed relationship.
Armando
Aug 22, 2013 Armando rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book came into my life at the perfect moment and provided me with the insight I couldn't develop for myself for so many years. I feel like I understand myself better and why I've been unable properly seek love, show love, accept love, and sustain love. I highly recommend this book.
Aidan
Nov 10, 2015 Aidan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gay-library
I do not agree with everything Isay posits, but I recognize that his is an excellent analysis and valuable insight. I liked his other two books -- Becoming Gay, Being Homosexual -- better, and found little material in Commitment and Healing that I was able to recognize in myself and consequently agree with. But still there were things that reading this book helped me discover about myself.

The reason I hold Isay in such a high regard is not because of his theory/analysis itself so much, but rathe
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Brandon Shire
Jan 10, 2012 Brandon Shire rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Freudian based theories about gay men with bad childhoods = they can't have/find love. Postulations were insulting and seemed to be derived from the perspective of a heterosexual mindset about the seeming vagaries of gay relationships.

Pick this up for a research piece and found it to be a waste of time and money.
Chris Mecham
Dec 20, 2012 Chris Mecham rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbt, psychology
Well that depressed the shit out of me. Much of it I long suspected, but it was nice to have validation. Just file me under "broken beyond repair" and I'll go cry myself to sleep.
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