Issue Eight: "Sexualities and Diversity"


Adrienne Harris, 29 July 2019

We bring to life in the ejournal an issue on Sexualities and Diversity. This issue appears in midsummer 2019 to coincide and be in dialogue with many of the events and papers and panels at the IPA Congress in London. More
Change happens at both a social and cultural level. Such change influences adolescents/youth in different domains, including their sexuality. What has endured and what has changed in this domain?
A psychoanalytic, postmodern approach to sexuality and gender sits at an intersection. These forms of identity are fixed and fluid. We see the force of history and the potency of the unconscious.
Dr. phil., Dipl. Psych. Elisabeth Imhorst
The “Gay Woman” as a Variant of Female Trans-Identity
I consider sexual/gender identity an umbrella term with two poles. The object-relational pole refers to sexual orientation. The narcissistic pole refers to gender (identity).
The idea of falling in love with a doll appears in art, literature, films and music. The externalization of such a fantasy may lead to a personality transformation.
Prof. Dr. Akiyoshi Okada
Autism Spectrum in Sexual Diversity
Just as the concept of the autism spectrum expands the understanding of human diversity, it will expand the understanding of human sexual diversity too.
Dr. Ann Pellegrini, Ph.D.
Dr. Avgi Saketopoulou
On taking sides: they/them pronouns, gender and the psychoanalyst
The gender plurality analysts are increasingly encountering in the clinic has ties to the patient’s futural becoming; and it points to what psychoanalysis can, and must, become.
We are born boy or girl. We don’t necessarily become that way. We are not born hetero, homo, trans ... we become that way.
Inspired by two recent cultural manifestations on identity, the author reflects on the difficulties around the public debate around diversity.
  Call for Contributions
Call for Contributions
Psychoanalytic Reflections

Psychoanalysis.Today is concerned with problems in many fields of human experience, like, for example, politics, society, culture, human relationships, environment, the intrapsychic world, intimate experience and so on, and we believe that psychoanalysts should contribute to the discussion of contemporary problems. 

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  Psychoanalytic Reflections

De la réalité amoureuse au temps du like

Martina Burdet Combald

On Psychoanalytic Efficacy

Dr. Héctor A. Krakov

Fear of Darkness

Shreya Varma

Playing as Personal Ontogenesis

Anshumita Pandey