Gender and Psychoanalysis: New Times but Old Visions?

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1993, Vol 38(11), 1229–1230. Reviews the book, Gender and Psychoanalytic Treatment edited by Morton Kissen (1992). The edited volume Gender and Psychoanalytic Treatment sets out to present contemporary perspectives of gender issues in psychoanalytic treatment. Unlike other works that are wellknown to the more general public, which integrate psychoanalysis and feminism, this work focuses on sex differences from within the psychoanalytic tradition. Structural issues, such as superego formation, castration anxiety, and resolution of oedipal issues as well as object relations are the overriding perspectives in this work. The material is predominantly clinical and brings together very different authors. These differences and the brevity of the articles may at times contribute to the work's lack of cohesion. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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