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MacIntosh, H. (1996). Response To Grover M. Lawlis's Letter. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 44:349-351.

(1996). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 44:349-351

Response To Grover M. Lawlis's Letter

Houston MacIntosh, M.D.

This is in reply to a recent letter to the Editor from Grover M. Lawlis, M.D. regarding my study “Attitudes and Experiences of Psychoanalysis in Analyzing Homosexual Patients.” Dr. Lawlis presents a number of loosely related criticisms of the study.

Dr. Lawlis's letter suggests a distinct antipsychoanalyst bias. He describes contemporary psychoanalysts as being homophobic, abusive, unskilled, unknowledgeable, unaware of their countertransference, and inadequately educated regarding the analysis of homosexual patients. He also asserts that homosexuality is a normal biological condition, which he compares to left-handedness. Therefore, in his view, it is not a suitable subject for psychoanalysis.

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