not attracted to men nor women

Discussion in 'Biology & Genetics' started by mumzzy, Jun 9, 2009.

  1. mumzzy Registered Member

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    I have a son who is almost 17. He is not attracted to women and he is not attracted to men. What is this called? how can my husband and I help him through this? We have not been able to find any information on this. We are concerned that he will never develope an attraction to anyone. He is an otherwise normal teen. This is causing him a great deal of stress and discomfort. Please what are your thoughts on this matter and are there any reading materials out there regarding others like him?

    Thank you:confused:
     
  2. James R Just this guy, you know? Staff Member

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    Asexuality?

    Why do you think it a problem? What are you worried about?

    Why? What is he worried about?
     
  3. takandjive Killer Queen Registered Senior Member

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    Asexuality... Unless he's into something else like animals. In which case, all you can do is have an open dialogue with him.

    Try looking here if nothing gets him excited: http://www.asexuality.org/home/
     
  4. Hercules Rockefeller voltage gated ion channel Moderator

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    As far as I am aware, there is a certain percentage of the population who are simply not interested in sex, be it hetero- or homosexual in nature. They are usually referred to in the general media as being “asexual”, although from a biological/scientific standpoint this is clearly not an accurate term.

    I don’t believe that a disinterest in sex is viewed as being any sort of problem that needs “fixing”, as long as the person is otherwise happy. However, if it’s causing your son angst and stress, then that probably does indicate that there are psychological issues that need to be addressed. These may simply be the usual teenage angst and confusion. He’s still very young and people develop their tastes and preferences at different stages.

    Teenage years are always difficult, especially as they approach the end of high school and the time for their first serious career decisions. It can be difficult to tease apart the standard transient teenage angst and confusion from actual psychological problems that need treatment of some sort. As always, don’t rely on the internet for medical advice – try to convince your son to see a counsellor. Probably not a school counsellor, but a professional psychologist who deals in teenagers and/or sexual health.
     
  5. takandjive Killer Queen Registered Senior Member

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    Asexuality isn't the end of the world. Some asexual people even have successful romantic relationships! Kinsey even made mention of it, figuring like 1.5% of people were, so it's not this super rare or weird thing.
     
  6. Steve100 O͓͍̯̬̯̙͈̟̥̳̩͒̆̿ͬ̑̀̓̿͋ͬ ̙̳ͅ ̫̪̳͔O Valued Senior Member

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    Find out why it is distressing him first.
     
  7. PieAreSquared Woo is resistant to reason Registered Senior Member

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    He is not attracted to women and he is not attracted to men. What is this called?


    A blessing ;)
     
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  9. Asguard Kiss my dark side Valued Senior Member

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    a compleate disintrest in sex COULD be a sign of depression but it could also just be that he is happy that way and detress is coming from his peers and parents expecting him to be sexually active. getting him to talk to a clinical psycologist is probably the best idea if he is distressed whatever the cause
     
  10. PieAreSquared Woo is resistant to reason Registered Senior Member

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    follow dragons advice and you'll have perve on your hands in no time
     
  11. cosmictraveler Be kind to yourself always. Valued Senior Member

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    Perhaps he is just happy being exactly who is is and doesn't want to become "involved" with anyone else right now. Pushing him into a relationship wouldn't be wise to do but leaving him alone and just being there in case he needs you would be more prudent. I'd think that there are many people who, at times, just do not want to become involved with someone for many good reasons and that's normal for them. Just wait and see what develops in the coming years but do not worry about it because he has the right to choose whatever lifestyle he chooses, just as you and your husband did. :)
     
  12. codanblad a love of bridges Registered Senior Member

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    i agree, with this and showing him porn lol.

    what are his social skills like? is anti-social behaviour preventing him from getting close to anyone?
     
  13. Sciencelovah Registered Senior Member

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    I wasn't attracted to opposite sex either (I'm a girl) until I was about nearly 20. I saw it as a waste of time :p

    After school or in weekend, my friends went shopping, went to cinema (with their boyfriends/girlfriends), I didn't get it.

    One day I brought this two thick books to Uni canteen and read one of them while eating and later on my best friend (a girl), told me, that's not very attractive, and I was like :bugeye: But that phase was over as I am more opened to people.

    Actually, every end of semester, all parents were invited to come to school or Uni, and our academic supervisor would give our parents the result of our exams of that semester. Then, there was this groups of students chatting with my mum (she is very friendly, my dad is more calm). Then my mum asked my classmates, so hows me at school? Then this guy told my mum, I am not friendly at all, always seemed angry or something :bugeye: I was never angry, but I was somewhat serious. After that, everyday my mum kept telling me to smile to people, to ask my friends to come over, etc. Then some guys also started to called to my home phone, so annoying :p

    So I guess, some people are just late.. maybe you have to talk and listen to your son, how is his feeling, is he shy or what.. why is he shy, etc.. Can also bring him to psychiatrist if it reach the point where he gets depressed..
     
  14. Enmos Staff Member

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    Perhaps he's just not interested yet.
    Or maybe he hasn't worked out yet which sex he likes.
    If he likes both he might be confused and think he likes none.
     
  15. Orleander OH JOY!!!! Valued Senior Member

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    If he was your 16 yr old daughter, would you worry?
    Both my brothers avoided dating in high school. The reason was my Mom micro-manged our lives and the last place they wanted her sticking her nose was their dating lives.
     
  16. spidergoat alien lie form Valued Senior Member

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    -Is he attracted to anything?

    -Why is lack of attraction a problem? People don't need relationships to be happy.

    -He could have a mild form of autism called Asperger's Syndrome.
     
  17. EmmZ It's an animal thing Registered Senior Member

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    Man, my life would have been much less complicated had I not have been so attracted to men. I'd think it's a blessing not to have to worry about sex or attraction. I'd think the stress of not being attracted to anyone isn't because he wants to be but can't, perhaps he feels everyone else is doing it so why can't I? Sexual apathy needn't be an issue if the individual is quite happy, but if it's lack of libido then perhaps it will kick in, perhaps it wont. I see problems could arise if someone was really attracted to him and he really wished he could feel something for them, but just didn't. In that case I wonder if there are any medical interventions that could be used.
     
  18. Mickmeister Registered Senior Member

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    Does he have schizoid tendencies? Don't confuse this with schizophrenia either. They are different in that Schizophrenics also exhibit hallucinations, delusions, and complete disconnection with society. There are also a class of schizoids called secret schizoid where they exhibit outgoing social personalities, but are still loners in the end.
     
  19. visceral_instinct Monkey see, monkey denigrate Valued Senior Member

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    What Hercules said, tell him to see a proper counsellor.

    This could simply be that he's asexual, or currently too focused on other things to feel attracted to either men or women. It could be other issues though.
     
  20. Hercules Rockefeller voltage gated ion channel Moderator

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    You see, this is the problem with asking medical advice on the internet. We don’t know anything about this case and the people involved other than a few meagre details provided in the OP. But now we’ve got people talking about Asperger’s Syndrome and schizoid tendencies. :rolleyes:
     

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