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Barglow, P. Schaefer, M. (1976). A New Female Psychology?. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 24S(Supplement):305-350.

(1976). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 24S(Supplement):305-350

A New Female Psychology?

Peter Barglow, M.D. and Margret Schaefer, Ph.D.

Peter Barglow is Associate Professor of the Department of Psychiatry at Northwestern University Medical School.

Margret Schaefer is Lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry at Northwestern University Medical School and an Assistant Professor of the Department of English at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Books under review here:

Judith M. Bardwick: PSYCHOLOGY OF WOMEN: A STUDY OF BIOCULTURE CONFLICTS. New York: Harper and Row, 1971.

J. Chasseguet-Smirgel, editor: FEMALE SEXUALITY. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1970.

Elizabeth Janeway: FAN'S WORLD, WOMAN'S PLACE. New York: William Morrow, 1971.

Karen Horney: FEMININE PSYCHOLOGY, ed. H. Kelman. New York: Norton, 1967.

Jean Baker Miller, editor: PSYCHOANALYSIS AND WOMEN. New York: Brunner/Mazel, 1973.

MUCH OF THE IMPETUS for the recent proliferation of books devoted to the "nature of woman" stems from the women's liberation movement and probably from the antiwar and civil rights movements as well. The implications of these movements for psychoanalysis are difficult to identify precisely and are often contradictory. For instance, a male patient raged recently at one of us: "My wife wants to leave me! Her analyst turned her into a women's libber." On the other hand, women patients seen diagnostically are sometimes reluctant to see analysts or want to be referred only to female analysts in order to "avoid male chauvinist Freudian brainwashing."

Most of the recent books and articles on female psychology, reflecting current cultural trends, are critical of psychoanalysis.

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