ANDROGYNY AND THE ART OF LOVING1

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Abstract

It is the position of this paper that truly fulfilling sexual, loving relationships require the development of an intrapsychic self best described as Androgynous. The maturest form of intimacy, then would involve an ability to identify with and positively value those aspects of the self which have been culturally labeled “feminine” or “masculine” to allow for a more complete empathic connection with those “feminine” or “masculine” aspects of a love partner. Clinical examples are cited to demonstrate the inherent limitations of sex-appropriate gender/role identifications which are often pointed to as criteria for successful therapeautic outcomes in traditional schools of psychotherapy.

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