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Kaplan, D.M. (1990). Some Theoretical and Technical Aspects of Gender and Social Reality in Clinical Psychoanalysis. Psychoanal. St. Child, 45:3-24.

(1990). Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, 45:3-24

Psychoanalytic Theory

Some Theoretical and Technical Aspects of Gender and Social Reality in Clinical Psychoanalysis

Donald M. Kaplan, Ph.D.

ABSTRACT

Since the social order embodies and authorizes ideals of femininity and masculinity, a psychoanalysis of gender entails decisions as to how social reality figures in the clinical situation. This paper approaches social reality as part of a general problem of neurosis, in which all versions of normality are analyzed as aspects of resistance. What such an approach emphasizes about social ideals is their role in a psychopathology of conformity, which constitutes a stage in the development of neurosis.

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