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AFIN Conference In Spain.

AFIN Conference In Spain.
Carly Sullens and Julie DeNeen
www.geneticsexualattraction.com

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    • EspañolaGenetic Sexual AttractionCarly Sullens, ATRJulie DeNeen, BS AFIN 6th Annual Conference November 23-24, 2012
    • Carly Sullens Julie DeNeen
    • •Carly Sullens GSA ExpertESPANOLA ENGLISH• Española • Master’s Degree In Psychology as• Española an Art Therapist• Española • Writer  Española • Co-Developer of the GSA  Española  Forum  Española  Website• Española  Blog• Española • Adopted at 4 months• Española • Reunited With Birth Family at age 32 • Experienced GSA with Bio-Father • Currently Writing the book, What is Genetic Sexual Attraction.
    • •Julie DeNeen GSA ExpertESPANOLA ENGLISH• Española • Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology• Española • Writer• Española • Co-Developer of the GSA  Española  Forum  Española  Website  Española  Blog• Española • Raised with Bio-mom and Step-• Española Dad• Española • Knew of Dad, saw less than 5 times • Reunited with Dad at age 30 • Experienced GSA with Bio-Dad • Wrote about the experience in the book, Wanted- A Memoir
    • •EspañolaGenetic Sexual Attraction & Reunions Española What is GSA? Española Who is at Risk for GSA? Española What are the Symptoms of GSA? Española What Is the Progression of GSA? Española Different Types of GSA Española How to Support Española GSA Prevention
    • •Española• What is Genetic Attraction, or GA?• Española, GA is an attraction that is intimate and intense, but lacks the sexual longing.• GA is an attraction that is intimate and intense, but lacks the sexual longing component. Española Española Española No Sexual Desires May grow into Strong Emotions GSA
    • •Española• What is Genetic Sexual Attraction, or GSA?• Española, GSA is an attraction or set of emotions towards kin that is defined as romantic or sexual.• GSA is an attraction or set of emotions towards kin that is defined as romantic or sexual.• Española, It is an intense desire to bond with relatives you’ve been separated from.• It is an intense desire to bond with relatives you’ve been separated from.• Española, Electrical or addictive grip of emotion• Electrical or addictive grip of emotion• Española, Very similar to the feelings of “falling in love”• Very similar to the feelings of “falling in love” Española, Separation Española, must occur at least from birth Blood Family Members Española Reunite Strong Desire To Bond to 6 years for one member.
    • •EspañolaWho Is At Risk For GSA? Espanola Espanola Espanola Separation People Mental Health • Espanola, People with • Española Any family members • Espanola, Affects both addiction, mental illness, or that have been separated genders, parents, children, si history of impulsive behaviors through divorce or adoption. blings, and half-siblings. are at higher risk for GSA related • Any family members that • Affects both incest. have been separated through genders, parents, children, si • People with addiction, mental divorce or adoption. blings, and half-siblings. illness, or history of impulsive • Española Evidence suggests • Espanola, Homosexuals are behaviors are at higher risk for that the years between 0-6 also at risk. GSA related incest. are the most crucial for • Homosexuals are also at risk. • Espanola, Adult children are developing the incest taboo. more vulnerable because of the • Evidence suggests that the abandonment and early years between 0-6 are the rejection. most crucial for developing • Adult children are more the incest taboo. vulnerable because of the abandonment and early rejection.
    • •EspanolaSymptoms of GSA Espanola Espanola Spiritual Social Espanola Espanola Emotional Physical Espanola Mental Symptoms of GSA
    • •Espanola Mental• Espanola, Constantly thinking of reunited family member• Constantly thinking of reunited family member• Espanola, Highly distractible, unable to concentrate• Highly distractible, unable to concentrate Espanola Mental• Espanola, Impaired judgment and impulsiveness• Impaired judgment and impulsiveness• Espanola, Focusing on reunited family members good points and ignoring their faults• Focusing on reunited family members good points and ignoring their faults• Espanola, Acting recklessly without thinking about the consequences• Acting recklessly without thinking about the consequences• Espanola, Obsessive or compulsive behavior• Obsessive or compulsive behavior
    • •Espanola • Emotional• Espanola, Feeling an intense bond and sense of togetherness• Feeling an intense bond and sense of togetherness• Espanola, Frequent or wild mood Swings• Frequent or wild mood swings Espanola Emotional• Espanola, Feeling unusually high and optimistic• Feeling unusually high and optimistic• Espanola, Feeling an unexplained strong emotional connection to your reunited family member• Feeling an unexplained strong emotional connection to your reunited family member• Espanola, Separation anxiety when separating from reunited family member• Separation anxiety when separating from reunited family member• Espanola, Feelings of guilt, shame, embarrassment and remorse after sexual exploration• Feelings of guilt, shame, embarrassment and remorse after sexual exploration
    • •Espanola • Physical• Espanola, More focus on appearance• More focus on appearance Espanola Physical• Espanola, Experience a palpable tingling Sensation when you touch• Experience a palpable tingling sensation when you touch• Espanola, Constantly wanting to hug, hold hands or touch your reunited family member• Constantly wanting to hug, hold hands or touch your reunited family member• Espanola, Sleeping very little, but feeling extremely energetic• Sleeping very little, but feeling extremely energetic• Espanola, Increase in sexual desire• Increase in sexual desire
    • •Espanola • Social• Espanola, Ability to communicate easily with your reunited family member• Ability to communicate easily with your reunited family member Espanola• Espanola, Easily trusting your reunited family Social member• Easily trusting your reunited family member• Espanola,• Espanola, Isolated from others, even spouse, children, close friends, to concentrate or be with reunited femily member• Isolated from others, even spouse, children, close friends, to concentrate or be with reunited femily member• Espanola, Excessive defensiveness or excuses• Excessive defensiveness or excuses• Espanola, Look past certain character flaws that could present major problems• Look past certain character flaws that could present major problems
    • •Espanola• Spiritual • Espanola, With feelings of elation you rationalize God intended this • With feelings of elation you rationalize God intended this Espanola • Espanola, Renounce or morph your religious beliefs to Spiritual justify GSA behavior • Renounce or morph your religious beliefs to justify GSA behavior • Espanola, With feelings of depression and abandonment re-focus on Gods love for comfort • With feelings of depression and abandonment re-focus on Gods love for comfort • Espanola, Feeling unworthy for forgiveness • Feeling unworthy for forgiveness • Espanola, Angry at God for allowing this to happen • Angry at God for allowing this to happen
    • •Espanola• Progression of GSA to Incest • Espanola Connection Espanola • Overwhelming desire to know family memberProgression of GSA • Espanola Intense Focus Espanola • Daily focus is on GSA family member Isolation/ • Espanola Espanola • Family member withdraws to Secrecy pursue emotional intimacy Espanola Physical • Espanola • Sexual Arousal • Espanola Crisis Espanola • Internal vs. External Espanola Separation
    • •EspanolaDifferent Types of GSA • Espanola, Parent/Child GSA is Padres Chico most complicated because of the dual roles. • Parent/Child GSA is most Parent Child complicated because of the dual roles. • Espanola, Sibling GSA is often harder to resist because it doesn’t feel as wrong and the Hermano Hermana DNA similarity coding is higher. Brother Sister • Sibling GSA is often harder to resist because it doesn’t feel as wrong and the DNA similarity coding is higher.
    • • Espanola, Sibling GSA • Sibling GSA • Espanola, Sibling GSA: This can include full- blood or half siblings. Most common type of GSA. • Sibling GSA: This can include full-blood or half siblings. Most common type of GSA. • Espanola, Most resembles a typical love relationship. • Most resembles a typical love relationship. • Espanola, Strong genetic pull because of similar DNA. • Strong genetic pull because of similar DNA. • Espanola, Feels less “wrong” because of similar peer ages. • Feels less “wrong” because of similar peer ages.
    • •Espanola, Father-Daughter GSA • Father-Daughter GSA• Espanola, Father/Daughter GSA: 2nd most common GSA.• Father/Daughter GSA: 2nd most common GSA.• Espanola, Daughter is highly vulnerable to father’s “approval” (wanting to marry Daddy like a small child)• Daughter is highly vulnerable to father’s “approval” (wanting to marry Daddy like a small child)• Espanola, Father has power over the daughter• Father has power over the daughter• Espanola, Most resembles traditional incest• Most resembles traditional incest
    • •Espanola, Mother-Son GSA • Mother-Son GSA• Espanola, Mother/Son GSA: Fairly rare, but still happens more than people realize.• Mother/Son GSA: Fairly rare, but still happens more than people realize.• Espanola, Son desires “mothering”• Son desires “mothering”• Espanola, Mother has instinct to caress and hold son as if “newborn”• Mother has instinct to caress and hold son as if “newborn”• Espanola, Highly dangerous relationship because of the imbalance of power• Highly dangerous relationship because of the imbalance of power
    • Espanola, How do you support individuals experiencing GSA in areunion so that incest does not occur? How do you support individualsexperiencing GSA in a reunion so that incest does not occur? Espanola, Education and counseling prior to reunion is✔ important, but not always available. Education and counseling prior to reunion is important, but not always available.✔ Espanola, Mentorship programs and peer support are crucial to navigating GSA. Mentorship programs and peer support are crucial to navigating GSA.✔ Espanola, Concrete boundaries. Concrete boundaries.
    • Espanola, How do you support individuals experiencing GSA in areunion so that incest does not occur? How do you support individualsexperiencing GSA in a reunion so that incest does not occur? Espanola, Full disclosure with spouses.✔ Full disclosure with spouses. Espanola, Family activities where both parties can enjoy the other in their natural familial roles (but must be balanced with space and time✔ to work through GSA feelings). Family activities where both parties can enjoy the other in their natural familial roles (but must be balanced with space and time to work through GSA feelings). Espanola, Grief counseling to deal with past regrets..✔ Grief counseling to deal with past regrets..
    • •Espanola, GSA Prevention• GSA Prevention Education CounselingEspanola, Education Espanola, Counseling Prior to Reunion During Reunion Prior to During Reunion Reunion GSA Open Espanola, Open Espanola, GSA Support Support Adoptions Community Adoptions Community
    • www.geneticsexualattraction.com www.thegsaforum.comwww.geneticsexualattraction.org www.carlysullens.com
    • •Espanola, Books On GSABooks on GSA www.amazon.com
    • •Espanola, Questions & AnswersQuestions & Answers