TM and GID Research

Transcendental Mediation as a treatment for Gender Identity Disorder

Rick Shaddock, MA Education, PhD Candidate

Hypothesis: Regular practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique for about 20 minutes twice a day helps young people integrate their mind and body and get in tune with who they really are neurophysiologically.

Dr. Joseph Nicolosi has successfully helped hundreds of men with GID to become heterosexual and even start families.

NARTH = National Association for Research & Treatment of Homosexuality

List and ranking of schools that promote freedom of thought

Gender differences

The Female Brain - Louann Brizendine M.D.

Dr. Amber Ruigrok (a woman) at Cambridge University discovered:

  "Although the male brain is 10 percent larger than the female brain, it does not impact intelligence. Despite the size difference, men’s and women’s brains are more alike than they are different"
  "There is evidence that women have more grey matter in their brains. Grey matter contains cell bodies that help our bodies process information in the brain and is located with regions of the brain that are involved with muscle control and sensory perception. "    

"Effective Therapies for Gender Dysphoria

Currently, there are no psychological interventions that have been shown to reduce gender dysphoria. Therapies that aim to change a child or adolescent’s gender identity are considered UNETHICAL. However, transgender and gender nonconforming youth may benefit from seeing a therapist, who can help them cope with stressful experiences that they may face." "These negative experiences may lead to anxiety, depression, or suicidal thoughts and behaviors. It is very important that parents and families of transgender and gender nonconforming youth support and affirm their identity—for example, by using their preferred name and pronouns—as family acceptance is a strong protective factor against negative mental health outcomes."    


A therapist who is well-versed in working with trans youth is vital for creating a safe space for kids and families to address the challenges of gender dysphoria. **The goal in therapy is not to change how a person feels or expresses their gender. ** Rather, it is for children and their parents to explore tools and methods of support for the feelings that surround the distress of not being able to physically express their true self.

It is important for families to develop a dynamic that is informed, supportive, and curious about their child’s journey as they explore their gender. This dynamic can create a space where different expressions of gender can be safely explored. This exploration may help relieve distress that occurs with dysphoria."