Former Homosexuals Seek to Heal Emotional Hurts

The desire to heal emotional hurts is the main reason for leaving a homsexual lifestyle, according to a recent survey.

A survey of same-sex-attracted men reveal that those who seek change may be less influenced by outside pressure or shame than is generally assumed.

The survey was conducted by the non-religious, non-profit self-help organization, People Can Change, which is made up of former homosexual men who have "overcome unwanted homosexual attractions" and are now living heterosexual lives. Out of a total of 205 completed surveys, which asked respondents to cite their main motivations for changing their same sex attractions, 77% said a "desire to heal emotional pain" was their main reason, as opposed to outside influence.

Founder and executive director of People Can Change, Richard Wyler, commented on the report, "This survey indicates that same-sex-attracted men who seek change may be less influenced by outside pressure or shame than is generally assumed. Rather, they are more often motivated by their personal spirituality, deeply held values and beliefs, a desire to have a family, and a desire to heal emotional pain."

Some of the other motivations cited in the poll were:

  • personal spirituality - 68%
  • desire for wife and children - 66%
  • religious teachings - 63%
  • desire for non-sexual male friendships - 63%
  • conscience - 63%
  • expectation of unhappiness in gay life - 63%

Source: Breaking Christian News

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