Results of this study showed: bisexuals'' sex and gender identity were good The purpose of this study is to understand the bisexual’s stages of self-identity、self-disclosure、sexual experience、interpersonal relationship、perception of marriage and the pressure they deal with. Results of these findings are intended to aid educators and counselors in understanding bisexuals they come into contact with either professionally or socially. It is also my intention to help eliminate misunderstandings and stereotypes commonly held about bisexuals. Using a qualitative research approach, three candidates who fulfilled the research criteria, were recruited for this study. Employing in-depth interview techniques, data was collected and then analyzed. In accordance to Labov’s evaluation model of narrative analysis, the individual experience of love, making friends, self-identity and self-disclosure will be explored. Using a qualitative approach, data collected from the three different subjects interviewed will be compared in order to highlight both their differences and similarities.
in that there was little or no confusion. Sex identity and gender identity have not, adversely affected the bisexuals interviewed. If we look at Newman''s three stages of Stages of Identity, we can see that during the Stage of Sensitization the bisexuals interviewed aren''t likely to sense the difference in their own development from others. While entering the Stage of Awareness there is confusion, and they may recognize that friendships with the people of the same sex is accompanied with sexual desire that is not apparent in their peers. At this point, they often try to reinforce their heterosexuality and rationalize their homosexuality either denying or excusing their homosexual tendancies. This rationalization is used to reduce anxiety caused by homophobia. When reaching the Stage of Acceptance, the bisexuals achieve a state where they can accept their own sexuality and develop emotional and sexual intimacy with other people. This stage is initiated after contact has been made with a bisexual peer group. Due to different background and experience, the three subjects did not behave in an identical manner, although many similarities were apparent.
The subjects sexuality is constantly shifting and is affected by positive or negative experiences. Thereafter, their roles and behavior are constantly changing as well. When they fall in love with the same sex, they felt more emotionally compatible, but have the pressure of homophobia to deal with. Heterosexual dating is disorienting because they find it difficult to relate to the person they are dating and the role they should play. Heterosexual dating provides a security blanket. It reinforces hope for the possibility of a heterosexual life as well as a ""normal"" role in society. All three of the subjects has previously been involved with long-term sexual relationships both homosexual and heterosexual. Regarding sexual experience, they felt insecure with their partner and themselves while having heterosexual intercourse. The also found gay sex to be more pleasurable.
Most of their social interaction was via the internet, school, workplace, bars (including gay bars, brothels, KTV, talking pubs), dancing clubs, and saunas. Due to a countless misconceptions about bisexuals, they are faced with rejection from both the general population and the gay subculture. All three subjects displayed different criteria for dating and marriage. The people they tended to confide in regarding their sexual orientation included parents, wife, brothers and sisters、friends and strangers from the internet. Confiding in others tended to alleviate some of their stress. Doing so also eliminates potential problems that may have risen due to misunderstandings about their sexual orientation. It also helps to develop deeper friendships and helps reinforce their identity as a bisexual person. These relationships are especially important as bisexual support systems compared to gay support systems tend be weak in Taiwan hence making
The findings may be useful for bisexuals as well as their friends and families.They may also serve a constructive purpose in an educational or counseling setting.. Limitations of the finding are also discussed.
Key words：bisexual, stages of development, self-identity, self-disclosure