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Pick, I.B. (1985). Male Sexuality: A Clinical Study of Forces that Impede Development. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 66:415-422.

(1985). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 66:415-422

Male Sexuality: A Clinical Study of Forces that Impede Development

Irma Brenman Pick


In this paper an attempt has been made to explore some of the early determinants in the conceptualization of masculinity, femininity and sexual intercourse. It is the area of a patient's failure to negotiate mature male sexuality that is addressed. Clinical material is provided to illustrate the power struggle with which a patient engages as seen in the transference and counter-transference, a dialectic of domination/enslavement. We also see evidence of the beginnings of a new dialectic, the pursuit of an object who will 'take in' and attend to his needs and desires without succumbing to, or responding with, tyranny. This provides a more supporting foundation to move towards a mutually interdependent sexuality.

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