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(1962). Meetings of the New York Psychoanalytic Society. Psychoanal Q., 31:150-151.

(1962). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 31:150-151

Meetings of the New York Psychoanalytic Society


Dr. Weissman presented three cases of overt male bisexuality as a framework for his discussion of the significant structural and genetic variations which may be found in the analysis of such behavior. To understand overt bisexuality, in which both heterosexual and homosexual wishes and activities are gratified, it is necessary to determine the origin of the passive homosexual wishes which come to expression.

Two cases were described as representative of heterosexual men who, under certain conditions, manifested homosexual activity with a real but regressive object as a result of superego pressure for a negative expression or solution of unconscious heterosexual Oedipal conflicts. These patients, essentially heterosexuals with pseudohomosexuality, are termed overt Oedipal bisexuals, since the homosexuality, as well as the heterosexuality, originates in the Oedipal period. In contrast, another group of bisexuals was described—perversionistic homosexuals forced by the superego and the ego ideal to manifest heterosexual activity. Since their homosexual wishes and activities derive from preoedipal identifications which are carried over as such into the Oedipal period, and their heterosexuality is a pseudoheterosexuality stemming more from superego demands than from true Oedipal wishes, they are termed overt preoedipal bisexuals.

In a detailed case presentation illustrating this latter type of bisexuality, Dr.

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