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Slavin, J.H. (2002). The Innocence of Sexuality. Psychoanal Q., 71(1):51-79.

(2002). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 71(1):51-79

The Innocence of Sexuality

Jonathan H. Slavin, Ph.D.

The author explores aspects of sexual experiencing as they emerge in the course of development, especially as structured between parents and children. Is a certain mode of “innocent” sexual relating an important outcome of the developmental process, and does this mode have a place in the analytic process? The author suggests that the restoration of a capacity for sexual experiencing that is relatively free of convoluted developmental legacies may represent an important achievement in analytic work; and that the analyst's participation in this process, using his or her own capacity for “innocent” sexual responsiveness, may be essential to this outcome.

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