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Meyers, R.S. (1987). Psychoanalysis and Women: Contemporary Reappraisals. Judith L. Alpert, ed. Hillsdale, New Jersey: The Analytic Press, Inc., 1986.. Mod. Psychoanal., 12(1):120-121.

(1987). Modern Psychoanalysis, 12(1):120-121

Psychoanalysis and Women: Contemporary Reappraisals. Judith L. Alpert, ed. Hillsdale, New Jersey: The Analytic Press, Inc., 1986.

Review by:
Ruth S. Meyers

How does the issue of gender affect transference? How does the pregnancy of the therapist affect both transference and countertransference issues? How does male-female or female-male supervision pairing affect analysis? These questions and others are confronted in this very fine collection of writings on psychoanalysis and women.

Esther Menaker in her foreword suggests that this book not only contributes to a deeper and fairer understanding of women but enlarges the scope of psychoanalytic theory and clinical experience by illustrating “how much can be gained by shifting the position from which observations are made while simultaneously taking into account the cultural time frame in which they are made.” The authors of these articles begin with questions on female development that vexed Freud.

In a definitive review of the literature, the contributors explore past and present theories of female development and gender identity, the issues of masochism, homosexuality and morality. Contributions from psychology related to sexism and feminism are integrated with the psychoanalytic literature.

In a section titled Female Patient, various writers suggest that character traits are formed early in the mother-daughter relationship.

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