Freud and Homosexuality

I’m reading some excerpts here and there — not specifically from Freud himself (yet) but synthesized through others.  An interesting point that I felt worthy of sharing (and inviting discussion) is that one writer, in a post on a NARTH page, asserts that Freud did not see homosexuality as a mental illness, per se, that is, not on the same level of illness as, say, schizophrenia.  Instead, he saw it as more of a developmental disability, an indication of an arrested emotional development, “an intermediary stage between self-love and heterosexuality.”

I don’t know about heterosexuality being a “stage.”  Every little boy I’ve ever known, no matter his age, has been fascinated with women’s breasts.

But the idea of homosexuality being a condition of arrested emotional development intrigues me.  It certainly fits in what I’ve observed in gay behavior, not only my ex-husband’s but others’ as well.

What’s been your experience? Does this resonate with you? or do you think it’s a bit far-fetched?

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