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Thorner, H.A. (1949). Notes on a Case of Male Homosexuality. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 30:31-35.

(1949). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 30:31-35

Notes on a Case of Male Homosexuality

H. A. Thorner

The psycho-analytical study of homosexuality took as its starting point the discovery that the developing human being makes its choice of love-objects independently of their sex under the pressure of internal and external factors. In a footnote to the Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality Freud said that the exclusive choice of a heterosexual love-object needs an explanation in the same way as does the choice of a homosexual love-object. The sex of the love-object is not the only aspect of homosexuality. The choice of a love-object has to be distinguished, as Freud also pointed out, from the mixture of the sexual characteristics of the subject. It must, however, not be assumed that the sexual characteristics are irreversible, or rigidly fixed by constitution. They, as well as the sex of the love-object, may change during analysis. Although opinion may be divided as to the extent of constitutional factors in an individual case, the approach to the problem is ground common to all psycho-analytical work on homosexuality, and our problem is to formulate the psychological factors which influence, or determine, the sex of the love-object and the mixture of the sexual characteristics in the subject.

Among the many factors that determine the sexual development of the growing individual and its choice of love-objects the anxiety-situations are of first importance, as Melanie Klein has pointed out. This paper is devoted to a case of a young man who first had symptoms of breathlessness and choking.

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