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Thompson, N.L. (1987). Helene Deutsch: A Life in Theory. Psychoanal Q., 56:317-353.

(1987). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 56:317-353

Helene Deutsch: A Life in Theory

Nellie L. Thompson, Ph.D.


Evaluations of Helene Deutsch's work on female psychology almost invariably focus on her idealization of motherhood and on her attribution of narcissism, passivity, and masochism to the "feminine" woman. The author suggests that identification plays a more important role in Deutsch's portrayal of feminine development than has hitherto been acknowledged. Deutsch treats identification as a reparative process that enables women to overcome major traumata by allowing them to re-experience the initial bliss of the mother-child relationship. The biographical origins of Deutsch's theory of feminine development are explored, and an assessment offered of how her reliance on personal experience both enhanced and inhibited its explanatory power.

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