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Roughton, R.E. (2002). Rethinking Homosexuality: What it Teaches us about Psychoanalysis. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 50(3):733-763.

(2002). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 50(3):733-763

Rethinking Homosexuality: What it Teaches us about Psychoanalysis

Ralph E. Roughton

This presentation, written ten years after the American Psychoanalytic Association adopted a nondiscrimination policy with regard to sexual orientation, discusses the evolving relationship between psychoanalysis and homosexuality. The paper is in three sections: (1) the process of policy change and the overturning of injustice; (2) the excursion after Freud's death into analytic bias and extreme pathologizing of homosexuality, the struggle to overcome those distortions, and the lessons to be learned from this history; and (3) the search, in the coming decade, for new understanding of homosexuality and all aspects of sexuality.

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