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Reviewed by Vincent Dublado for Readers' Favorite
Psychology is deeply instrumental in our current understanding of bisexuality. In his book The Other Man in Me: Erotic Longing, Lust and Love: The Soul Calling, author Sheldon Shalley offers a profound and articulate journey in his exploration of his other self, as he reconciles his traditional religious training with his sexual orientation, which is not easy to define in the simple dichotomy of man or woman. This book then becomes a deeply personal chronicle of how Shalley, through meditation, art, and intrapersonal awareness, successfully decodes the mystery of his same-sex attraction. Be reminded, though, that this work is not diagnostic in nature. Instead, it articulates the feeling of identifying oneself as potentially attracted to people of more than one sex and how this becomes a liberating force for the author.
The Other Man in Me arrives with such impeccable timing. As a thought-provoking odyssey into one’s gender identity, it becomes a powerful tool to put bisexuality into a more illuminating context that helps to change the foundations of our understanding of sexual orientation and relationships. The writing is evocative and intelligent at the same time as Sheldon Shalley draws from the works of eminent psychologists to emphasize his points. As he discovers and connects with his masculine and feminine side like Yin and Yang, he successfully deconstructs gender polarities. The Other Man in me is a must-read for anyone who is re-examining their sexuality.