The Thirty-Two Sexual Orientations

In researching the management systems that operate the brain, I have pursued a special focus on understanding how the right and left hemispheres act to inform consciousness, including special attention to their role in shaping our sexual orientation. I’ve discovered that hemispheric dominance plays a much larger function in determining gender and sexual orientation than we have previously realized.

There’s a reason why it’s vital that we understand the fundamentals of gender and its effects on sexual orientation. My rationale is to quell any speculation that we are able to psychologically change who we are and thus stop divisive, destructive, and unproductive attempts to change people’s innate gender identifications and sexual behaviors. If the public understood that responses such as homosexuality and bisexuality are genetically determined, and thus a normal part of the enormous diversity of life, they would lose much of their justification for trying to change or condemn those who don’t conform to the binary model of straight masculine and feminine.

If we recognized that gender is a function of the brain’s operating systems as determined by genetics, people would finally understand that no one chooses the sex to which they are attracted, and their fears and opposition would be significantly lessened. Our gender wars could then start to wind down.

Basically, what I have discovered is that each brain hemisphere houses its own independent system of management with its own clearly-defined operational characteristics. And it is these operational or functional characteristics that produce the qualities we associate with gender. For example, the system that operates the right hemisphere is caring for others above that of self and gentle in action. The left hemisphere’s job, which is complementary, is to care for self above others and give us aggressive characteristics. Our gender, combined with the sex characteristics of our body, creates our sexual orientation.

As I show in detail in my book and listed in the table here, there are 32 variations in sexual orientation. These combinations are a result of there being 16 variations in consciousness for females and 16 for males. To explain how it is that there are 16 variations in consciousness is rather simple to do, so I’ll summarize. 

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Our brain uses one of four different operating systems to gather and manage information, inform consciousness, and orchestrate the brain’s many other activities: the left brain’s system, the right brain’s system, a hybrid integration of the two, or a team-based combination system.

There are two things that the brain does constantly, whichever brain-operating system type we might have inherited: its gathers information and it responds to that information. Since these are separate events, it is possible to have one operating system process information input, the gathering of information, and have a different type of system process output, our response. Because any one of the four can govern input, and any one of the four can govern output, 16 different combination systems are produced, some of which are fluid. And what determines the type of operating systems that we inherit? The governing influences of genetic dominance. We’ll get to genetic dominance in a moment.

Our sexual orientation is a consequence of a combination of qualities we commonly think of as body and mind, or sex and gender, respectively.

The challenge of understanding sexual orientation is to correctly understand its underlying force, gender identification. Gender identity is a consequence of the character of our brain’s operating system—that is, the characteristic manner in which it functions and prompts us to act. If we are to begin to properly understand gender it is essential that we understand the operational characteristics of the four brain-operating systems. Again, right and left hemispheric operating systems are capable of integrating in two different ways, as either a single hybrid system or a team of systems. As a result, we can inherit one of four operating systems. To understand the four and their gender component we start by becoming familiar with the primary operational characteristics of the two hemispheres.

For most of us, either the left half of the brain oversees management of the whole of the brain or else the right half does. This is evident from the fact that each hemisphere is responsible for controlling the opposite side of the body. Considering how radically different the two operating systems are, one of the two must act as master control in order to harmonize the two dissimilar systems. If this were not the case, the two sides of the body would not be in synch. Thus, even though the left half gives us our masculine characteristics and the right half gives us our feminine characteristics, if we inherit genetic complete dominance, one of the two genders will dominate and we will experience either masculine or feminine behavior as a dominant force. The majority of us inherit a brain operating system that is the result of genetic complete dominance.

But as I mentioned, some of us must contend with being guided by one of the two integrated systems. Naturally, when left- and right-brain systems are integrated, their gender characteristics are also integrated, thus producing two additional gender variations. Under genetic incomplete dominance the operating systems of the right and left hemisphere combine to form an operating system that acts as a single entity such as we are familiar with in hybrid systems. Under the effect of genetic codominance, the right and left hemispheres and their gender characteristics cooperate to work together as a team. Because the two combination systems draw from the whole of the brain rather than one half, they are capable of a relatively wide range of variation. 

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Typically, men are left-brain dominant. They are detail-oriented, highly competitive, and aggressive. I say “typically” because—as your experience probably tells you—not all are. This brings up the question, what happens when a normally left-brain male is right-brain-dominant and therefore inherits a global, big picture view of the world, as is common among females? And how does having a right-brain-dominant orientation affect the sexual behavior of that man? Imagine the confusion this must create at times for such men. A similar situation occurs when women are left-brain-dominant and thus guided by a brain-operating system inherently designed to cause them to be attracted to women.

What I have discovered from my research into the behaviors of the left and right hemispheres is that homosexuality is the result of a masculine operating system in a female body or a feminine operating system in a male body. Although controversial, this is not a new idea; nevertheless, I have found substantial evidence to support it, as reported in my book, How Whole Brain Thinking Can Save the Future. A left-brain-dominant female is homosexual because her dominant operating system, a heterosexual masculine system, is causing her to be attracted to female bodies. 

Let’s now look at what happens to sexual orientation when genetic incomplete dominance and genetic codominance determine our operating system and gender. When genetic incomplete dominance selects our gender for us, whether we are male or female, our gender is the product of a hybrid system. The variable nature of hybrid systems means that they can take a number of forms and thus are capable of producing a range of gender behaviors. As such, hybrid systems clearly contribute to gender fluidity. I refer to those who inherit a hybrid gender as polysexual.

Let’s say genetic codominance is responsible for determining our brain dominance. In that case, whether we find ourselves in a male or a female body, we have two hemispheres that are dominant. This means that both of our operating systems, one masculine- and one feminine-oriented system—each of them heterosexual—are demanding sexual satisfaction. This causes us to be attracted to both sexes since our left-brain drives us to have sex with females and our right-brain is sexually attracted to male bodies. This makes us bisexual. 


What creates the transgender experience? In trying to comprehend what happens to someone who identifies as transgender, it is critical that we take into consideration the energetic intensity of gender. The intensity of gender is a variable. Thus, when the intensity of the feeling of one’s gender is weak, a person who is transgender might find that their internal sexual-orientation conflicts are easily manageable. On the other hand, when one’s gender energy is extraordinarily strong and is in combination with a body that does not match—for example, a person living in a male body accompanied by an overpowering feeling of being feminine—it then becomes difficult to reconcile the conflicts that exists between body and mind. As you might imagine, that situation tends to produce an almost constant state of cognitive dissonance. Faced with this difficult experience, people sometimes seek relief by changing their body to match their gender identity.

Because of this confluence of two genders in one individual, whether gay or straight, some women naturally exhibit a tendency toward masculine behaviors and some men exhibit a tendency toward feminine behaviors. And remember, the degree of these tendencies can be so small as to go unnoticed.

More and more we are hearing it said that gender is not binary, it is fluid. Actually, it is both, since the binary component is a part of the whole of gender’s fluidity. In closing, let’s review how gender acquires its fluidity.

The concept of gender fluidity that is starting to become popular is a consequence of at least three factors. First, as we have observed, if we include the binary genders there are at least16 variations in gender. This alone establishes a range of fluidity. But within the group of 16 brain-operating systems and their gender variations we also find individual systems that contribute.

One of these is genetic codominance, which produces bisexuals, a second way in which gender varies. We can expect to find a range of gender fluidity within bisexuals, not only because of the variable nature of the interplay between their masculine and feminine components, but also because of variation within their masculine and feminine components—variation ranging from weak to strong—variation such as occurs in the masculinity of straight men and the femininity of straight women. A third element of fluidity is created by the hybridizing effect of genetic incomplete dominance. Just as hybrid flowers produced by red and white parents come in various shades of pink, we can expect that, as incomplete dominance serves to integrates masculine and feminine characteristics, the result will be a range of variation in gender as masculine and feminine traits are integrated in a variety of ways.

If you would like more information on gender, check out my two videos, Gender’s Four Variations and Gender’s Sixteen Variations, or my book, How Whole Brain Thinking Can Save the Future: Why Left Hemisphere Dominance Has Brought Humanity to the Brink of Disaster and How We Can Think Our Way to Peace and Healing