Changing Notions of the Feminine: Confronting Psychoanalysts' Prejudices - Psychoanalysis and Women Series (Paperback)Margarita Cereijido (editor)
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As culture changes, so do notions of the feminine. Today, women are exploring new gender identities, gender dynamics, and family configurations. They are questioning and redefining what it is to be feminine and expressing different attitudes toward motherhood. These issues have challenged classic psychoanalytic theory and practice.
In this timely collection, a range of prominent psychoanalysts confront and explore their prejudices about changing notions of the feminine, and how it impacts their work. In a period of transition, these issues are present in the clinical material of female patients, and in the material of male patients who struggle in their complementary roles as partners and fathers. But how analysts listen and give meaning to clinical material is significantly affected by the analyst's own prejudices, her implicit and explicit theories, as well as her subjective view of the world.
Discussing topics such as the expression of power, the compatibility of assertiveness and ambition with the feminine, and the psychoanalytic impact of the spread of new reproductive techniques, this important and far-reaching book will be essential reading for any psychoanalyst or psychotherapist who wishes to engage actively with the sociocultural moment in which they work.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 136
Weight: 227 g
Dimensions: 235 x 159 mm
"As analysts, our observations and listening are affected by our ideology. It is our ethical obligation to always monitor our countertransference in order to detect points of our own resistance. The latter obstructs the acceptance of changes, in every sense. The resistance, which supports prejudices about the feminine, is attached to deeply ingrained notions about gender and the desire for motherhood. These prejudices resist new modes of parenting, the radical changes in the notion of filiation brought about by advances in reproductive technology, and the place of women and the feminine in society.
Now, the time has come to rethink the role of the analyst's prejudices and preconceptions, be it male or female. We can no longer think of the patient or analyst in isolation from each other. Instead, patient and analyst coexist in a culture, which is influenced by each era's hegemonic codes.
This book is very timely and I would encourage all analysts to read and think about it. It provides impetus for debates that cannot be delayed. It also represents another link in the tireless work that the Committee of Women and Psychoanalysis of the IPA (COWAP) has been doing since 1998." --Virginia Ungar, M.D., IPA President