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Frommer, M.S. (2002). Listening to the Erotic: Commentary on Paper by Eric Sherman. Psychoanal. Dial., 12(4):675-686.

(2002). Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 12(4):675-686

Listening to the Erotic: Commentary on Paper by Eric Sherman Related Papers

Martin Stephen Frommer, Ph.D.

In this commentary I examine homoerotic countertransference within the context of the analyst's erotic countertransference experience. Discussing male analysts' difficulties receiving and experiencing homoerotic feelings as a function of their dominant erotic desires (along gender lines), I propose both cognitive and affective explanations to illuminate their defenses. I suggest that Sherman's erotic countertransference is best understood when viewed as a product of both induced feelings emanating from his patient's dissociated sexual abuse and also his anxiety and shame in response to particular relational configurations with his patient that arouse him. Finally, I point to the site of the transgressive as integral to the construction of erotic desire and suggest shifts that need to occur in the erotic subjectivity of this dyad so that the treatment can move forward.

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