What Determines Sexual Orientation? Psychosocial Theories Focus on role of life experiences, parenting patterns, or psychological attributes of individual. Attempt to explain the “cause” or “source” of homosexuality. Theories “By Default” Theory: “I’m too ugly and no one of this sex likes me, so I guess I’m gay” The Seduction Myth: if you are around gay people, they will seduce you into the gay lifestyle. Freud’s Theory : Dedipus/Electra Patenting patterns or early childhood experiences; no research to support. Smothering Mother theory: Beiber- father is remote and distant. Mother doesn’t give boundaries/obsessive.