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Hartmann, L. (1998). Discussion: Eros in a Gay Dyad. Gender and Psychoanalysis, 3(3):361-369.

(1998). Gender and Psychoanalysis, 3(3):361-369

Discussion: Eros in a Gay Dyad Related Papers

L. Hartmann, M.D.

What we have heard so far has been creative and excellent, in some ways quite ordinary in this hall but in some ways somewhat unusual in this hall. I am grateful to Dr. Friedman for his thoughtful, sensible, sensitive, respectful presentation. I am also grateful to Rhonda Linde for her discussion, and I have cut out several pages of what I was going to say because she said some of my thoughts very well, and accurately raised many important and central issues for us.

I am also grateful to Dr, Morrison, both for his tone, and because he focused on countertransference issues, which I think Dr. Friedman generously and bravely made visible, and which are important to this kind of work. (I further think Dr. Friedman's tone of voice, which was extremely respectful to his patients, was also an important part of the countertransference that he brings to this table.)

Paul Lynch quoted Oscar Wilde. About the only thing shocking that we've heard this afternoon, so far, is that Paul has not read any books by Oscar Wilde. Quoting from Oscar Wilde is something which, to paraphrase Wilde, is hard to resist. He said, as you well know, I can resist absolutely everything except temptation.

There is another quote from Oscar Wilde that came to my mind, a much more sober one, which applies, I think, absolutely, to the analytic community on the subject of homosexuality.


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