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Does psychoanalysis really mean oppression? Harnessing psychodynamic approaches to affirmative therapy with gay men.

Authors
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  • 1 School of Behavioral Sciences, Netanya Academic College, Tel-Aviv, Israel.
Type
Published Article
Journal
American journal of psychotherapy
Publication Date
Volume
57
Issue
2
Pages
206–218
Identifiers
PMID: 12817551
Source
Medline
License
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Abstract

Freud's attitude toward homosexuals was overwhelmingly progressive for his time. In contrast, during the early forties, psychoanalysis began to adopt a more pessimistic view about the mental health of homosexuals. This article describes a psychodynamic model of affirmative psychotherapy for gay men. Special note is made of the clinical issues, which arise from antihomosexual attitudes that influence the psychological development of the homosexual male. In particular, the way in which identity formation is affected by heterosexual socialization is discussed. The psychotherapeutic implications associated with these developmental complications are pointed out as well.

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