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Lagache, D. (1950). Homosexuality and Jealousy. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 31:24-31.

(1950). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 31:24-31

Homosexuality and Jealousy

Daniel Lagache

1. Theoretical Remarks

In the psycho-analysis of jealousy, an essential moment stands out at which jealousy intervenes as a defence against a homosexual interest in the rival. Thus, in principle, the rejection of an actual, no longer latent, homosexuality might give rise to jealousy. Clinical experience has shown us that this eventuality can in fact arise. But, reality being habitually more surprising than hypotheses based on reasoning, this jealousy, emerging in the course of treatment for homosexuality, appears to have a significance rather different from that based on reasoning.

Psycho-analytic research shows that there is a dynamic incompatibility between jealousy and homosexuality. On the one hand, jealous behaviour is in part a defence against homosexual tendencies; on the other, homosexuality is in part a defence against jealousy. Cases are well known in which homosexuality intervenes as a solution of the Oedipus or the brother complex. We have observed personally a man who systematically and successfully used homosexual fantasies as a remedy for a state of jealousy. Thus the facts may be partially summarized in this way: jealousy and homosexuality may function as defences one against the other.

Partially only, for the reality is more complex. Clinically, this kind of incompatibility is not rigid. There is no doubt that openly homosexual behaviour is rarely seen in jealous people. But on the other hand, the jealousy of homosexuals is proverbial, and tradition does not exaggerate, whether the rival be man or woman.

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