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Bion, W.R. (1966). Sexual Behavior and the Law: Edited by Ralph Slovenko. (Springfield: Thomas, 1964. Pp. 886. $19.50.). Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 47:579-581.

(1966). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 47:579-581

Sexual Behavior and the Law: Edited by Ralph Slovenko. (Springfield: Thomas, 1964. Pp. 886. $19.50.)

Review by:
W. R. Bion

The nature of psycho-analytic training and practice promotes a paradox which sometimes misleads psycho-analysts themselves and usually makes confusion amongst our critics even worse. For though the discipline is severe if it is loyally adhered to, it enhances the unique qualities of the individual to a point where non-analysts at least wonder in what way such a diversity of views can be seen to cohere; I have had a better opportunity than most of appreciating the reality of the paradox.

One unfortunate result for members of the psycho-analytic movement is the impossibility of keeping up with, or even being aware of, the contributions which psycho-analysts are making in fields outside the narrow domain of psycho-analytic practice, training, and research.

Sometimes a number of psycho-analysts are engaged on work which enables them to make a contribution to some aspect of society not usually illuminated by psycho-analytic insight. This has occurred in the book under review, Sexual Behavior and the Law. It is therefore with some interest that one looks to see what the diversity of the individual analyst, together with the background that he shares with his fellow analysts, will lead him to put forward to society as his uniquely analytic contribution. From this we may learn something of an aspect of psycho-analysis with which we are unfamiliar and something of the image of psycho-analysis with which our colleagues are presenting the public.

It would be helpful to give some idea of other contributions to this book but this unfortunately I feel unable to do.

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