Brian Gilmartin

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Brian Gilmartin
Name: Gilmartin, Brian
Birth: May 18, 1940
Death: October 11, 2016
Job: deceased/professor
Ethnicity: white

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Dr. Brian G. Gilmartin (1940-2016) is a deceased[1] professor of psychology and behavioural scientist who coined the term loveshy. He did the most comprehensive work on incels to date through quantitative psychological research in the form of subject questionnaires and interviews.

He first taught psychology at Humboldt State University in Arcata, California. Later, in 1988, he taught psychology and sociology at Montana State University.


Year Work Source
1969 Sociology today: Lacunae, emphases and surfeits American Sociologist pp 283–291 (co-author: Julia S. Brown)
1975 That swinging couple down the block Psychology Today, pp 54–58
1978 The Gilmartin Report: Inside Swinging Families Citadel Press, Lyle Stuart Inc., Secaucus, New Jersey. ISBN 978-0-8065-0641-8
1979 Corporal punishment: a research update Human Behavior pp 18–25.
1979 The case against spanking Human Behavior pp 18+
1985 Some family antecedents of severe shyness in males Family Relations pp 429–438
1987 Shyness and Love: Causes, Consequences, and Treatments University Press of America, Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham, MD. ISBN 0-8191-6102-0 & ISBN 978-0-8191-6102-4
1987 Peer group antecedents of severe love-shyness in males Journal of Personality pp 467–489
1989 The Shy Man Syndrome: Why Men Become Love Shy And How They Can Overcome It Madison Books, New York, New York. ISBN 0-8191-7009-7 & ISBN 978-0-8119-1709-5
2003 How to Excel at Parenting: 33 Proven Success Strategies Kendall Hunt, New York, New York. ISBN 978-0-7575-0237-8

Brian was going to appear in the unreleased IncelSupport documentary: "The Incel Project" (clip in the external link section below). He also had a consultancy job in Japan that included free trips to Japan starting around 1996.

He believed that love shyness and involuntarily celibacy is real and should be acknowledged and treated by society as a medical condition. His books sold much better in Japan than in the US.

Detailed Biography[edit]

Gilmartin was born May 18, 1940, in Newark, New Jersey, and subsequently raised in nearby Maplewood.

He obtained his B.A. in Psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1962, and his M.S. in the same subject from the University of Utah in 1965.

In 1976, Dr. Gilmartin earned his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Iowa. There he specialized in marriage and family studies.

From 1963 to 1973, Gilmartin taught as an assistant professor at Humboldt State University in Arcata, California. From 1980 to 1987 he worked as an assistant professor at Westfield State College in Westfield, Massachusetts. During these decades, he also taught at California State Polytechnic, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and Auburn University. Additionally, Gilmartin served as a psychological counselor on both Utah and California State campuses.

From 1988 to at least 2013, he was an associate professor stationed at Montana State University - Northern. There he taught sociology, social psychiatry, and parenting. In 2013, he lived in the surrounding campus community of Havre, Montana.

In addition to the subjects noted above, his research interests have also included the neuropsychology of personality, the practice of "sexual spouse sharing", and the effect of dog ownership on family life, his most recent book being How to Excel at Parenting: 33 Proven Success Strategies (2003).


Brian's work, although it sometimes contained pseudo-science and overconfident conculsions about details of love-shyness, was valuable enough on the whole to not be taken as a non-event. For example, his work was reviewed and critiqued by contemporary psychology literature and Gilmartin's last book, "The Shy Man Syndrome", had a forward by E. Michael Gutman, President of the Florida Psychological Society 1988–1989.[2][3][4]


Cheek (1989) argued that Gilmartin didn't pay enough attention to research regarding similar shyness in women.[3]

Allgeir (1988) argued he wasted too much time on certain pseudoscientific theories.[2]

Those inspired by him[edit]

External links[edit]


  2. 2.0 2.1 Author: Elizabeth Rice, Allgeier, year=1988, Book Review: Shyness & Love: Causes, Consequences, and Treatment, journal: Journal of Sex Research, volume:25, issue: 2, pages: 309–315, doi=10.1080/00224498809551463
  3. 3.0 3.1 Author: Jonathan M. Cheek, year=1989, title: Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, volume=34, issue=8, pages=791–792

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