Potential Causes of SSA

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Constellation of Potential Variables
Creating Same-Sex Attraction (SSA) in Men and Women

Although much research has examined the possible genetic, hormonal, developmental, social, and cultural influences on sexual orientation, no findings have emerged that permit scientists to conclude that sexual orientation is determined by any particular factor or factors. Many think that nature and nurture both play complex roles; most people experience little or no sense of choice about their sexual orientation.

American Psychological Association

As the APA stated, there is no particular factor or factors that determine sexual orientation; however, through 21 years of clinical practice, we have observed that men and women who experience SSA often share similar backgrounds. Some of their characteristics and experiences may be:

1. Heredity

  • Unresolved family issues
  • Predilection for rejection

2. Temperament

  • Hypersensitivity
  • Artistic nature
  • Gender non-conforming behaviors
3. Hetero-Emotional Wounds
  • Over attachment to opposite-sex parent
  • Imitation of opposite-sex behavior

4. Homo-Emotional Wounds

  • Detachment from same-gender parent
  • Experience of being neglected/abused

5. Sibling Wounds/Family Dynamics

  • Name calling
  • Abuse: physical, emotional, mental 

6. Body Image Wounds

  • Thinner/Heavier
  • Shorter/Taller
  • Late bloomer
  • Physical disabilities

7. Sexual Abuse

  • Early sexualization
  • Learned and reinforced behaviors
  • Substitute for affection and love

8. Homo-Social/Peer Wounds

  • Teacher’s pet
  • Boys: no rough and tumble
  • Girls: too much rough and tumble

9. Cultural Wounds

  • Early exposure to sexuality through Internet, media, and educational institutions
  • Pornography

10. Other Factors

  • Divorce
  • Death of a caregiver
  • Adoption
  • Religious wounding

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