reply to post by RedCairo
Since human beings also have a powerful neurochem-association as we see in everything from learning theory and extinction paradigms to aversion
therapy, probably the mega-chemical approach, if creatively tailored enough, could even affect a human's sexuality -- in either direction.
Take recent research into trauma and OCD. 10 or 15 years ago, the consensus was, these people need the right "chemicals" to help think better. They
have a "chemical" imbalance, the theory goes.
But in the last 10 or 15 years, our knowledge of how the brain, the pathology of mental illness, and the relationship between mind-body through the
nervous system, has been almost completely redrawn. No more do we believe that the brain is "hardwired" to be a certain way. The new truth is, there
is a mutual exchange of influence between mind and body; the body influences the mind by biasing attention via the release of certain biochemicals,
yet at the same time, the mind - via the dorsolateral cortex, where executive function in concentrated - can manually direct the mind.
Dr. Jeffrey Scwartz of UCLA has achieved great success in helping people who've been suffering with OCD to overcome their obsessions; the therapy is
partly informed by recent research into neuroaffective processes, and ancient practices like Buddhist mindfulness.
Also, trauma therapists (my area of research) like Stephen Porges, Peter Levine, Pat Ogden, Alan Fogel and Laurence Heller (amongst others) have
utilized knowledge of what Porges calls the "polyvagal theory" to help undue the effects of both developmental and shock trauma. Again, in this
case, the brain is being coaxed to relearn and rewire aberrant pathways.
In this area of research, we speak both of the cognitive and physical effects. Cognitively, the client is taught to recognize cognitive distortions;
is taught to recognize how overly aroused his nervous system is (via the breaking down of the vagus nerve), and through steps and stages,
incrementally learns to experience higher levels of emotion.
If a human being has such power over his emotional reality, I fail to see how sexuality couldn't also be brought under conscious control.
As you imply, pretty sure it would require ongoing coercive drugging, and even then would not be 100% effective... but perhaps mostly, if everything
was as good as planned on paper.
Drugging? No. Again, the mind-body connection works both ways. The mind is not some puppet-toy of the body. The mind ALSO influences the body. For
example: I have a massive urge to tell my boss off: my brain is releasing testosterone, cortisol and other chemicals that prime the mind to want to
say a certain thing; but do I say it? No. I choose
a different approach. By choosing differently, those chemicals dissipate, and more calmer,
gentler chemicals, like seretonin, oxytocin, dopamine and endorphins, begin to influence my perception.
Since this feedback works both ways, it is wrong to assume that conversion therapy would require any medication.
So... what would be the point of this?
Fortunately, I'm not even talking about that.
If someone decides to undergo conversion therapy, it's likely a philosophical or religious decision made by the individual; not something forced upon