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By Erving Polster

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Erving Polster drastically expands the data and considering at the improvement of the self. this significant publication bargains therapists new methods of considering, in addition to particular techniques to assist sufferers observe a robust and fit experience of self.

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14 At the same time, his own theoretical and clinical accounts of the development of heterosexual orientation in both males and females can be read only as accounts of compromise formations and defense. The boy's terror of castration, based on a fear of and disgust at the female genitals, leads him to give up his mother and fuels his final heterosexual object choice; it is a rare case history that does not recognize castration anxiety and conflict about women in a male patient. A girl's heterosexuality is also fueled by horror at her own genital mutilation, by penis envy, and by rage and hatred toward her mother.

Moral character, rather than gender, makes this love object unsuitable. Women are subjects not only of their psychological development, clinical experience, or social and cultural location. As patients and analysts, Freud's writings make clear, women have helped to develop psychoanalytic theory and technique, and he is often generous with his acknowledgment of these contributions. 's "chimney-sweeping" created the talking cure. 's inability to respond to hypnosis led to the method of free association.

Homosexual love draws fire for much the same reason as adulterous love, it appears to be a threat to the social order. Homosexual love is disapproved of for its unconventionality, its threat to social role, and, perhaps, its threat to people's own security about their sexual identities. "31 The solution to this inconsistent and equivocal treatment would seem to be to see either both homosexuality and heterosexuality or neither as symptomatic and perverse. Stoller affirms, on the one hand, that "everyone is Heterosexuality 49 erotically aberrant and most people most of the time are at least a bit perverse" and, on the other, that "homosexuality, like heterosexuality, is a mix of desires, not a symptom, not a diagnosis/'32 Person (referring implicitly to heterosexual love) declares: "The customary mental health prescription for love relies too much on psychic maturity, but maturity is hardly a guarantor of passion.

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