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Blechner, M.J. (2009). The Role of Prejudice in Psychopathology and Psychoanalytic History. Contemp. Psychoanal., 45(2):239-250.

(2009). Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 45(2):239-250

On Prejudice

The Role of Prejudice in Psychopathology and Psychoanalytic History

Mark J. Blechner, Ph.D.

Psychoanalysis has a checkered history in relation to prejudice. Some psychoanalysts have fought against prejudice in word and deed, while others have promoted bigoted views. Contemporary cognitive neuroscience has shown that we all harbor certain prejudices of which we may be unaware. Our unconscious prejudices may even affect our willingness to act for victims of genocide. The boundary between prejudice and sound moral judgment changes over time. The more diverse the community of psychoanalysts becomes, the more we can be sure that our theory and practice apply fairly to all humanity.

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