Sexual Inversion: The Multiple Roots of Homosexuality

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Pseudohomosexuality and
Homosexuality in Men:
Psychodynamics as
a Guide to Treatment

LIONEL OVESEY

Male patients, heterosexual as well as homosexual, frequently express, in the course of psychotherapy, wishes to be loved by other men, to be dependent on them, to be protected by them, to dominate or be dominated by them, and to establish physical—especially genital—contact with them. All these fantasies are lumped together in classical Freudian theory under the heading of "latent homosexuality." They are then attributed motivationally to a feminine component in an inherited bisexual constitution striving for gratification through a homosexual instinct. If we dispense with the instinctual frame of reference, however, and approach the fantasies from a purely adaptational point of view, 1 we can sort out three separate motivations: homosexuality, dependency, and power. The homosexual motivation

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The reasons for dropping such Freudian concepts as instincts, instinctual energies, and bisexuality are described in a series of papers delineating the differences between an adaptational frame of reference and the Freudian instinctual frame of reference (Kardiner, Karush, & Ovesey, 1959a; Kardiner et al., 1959b; Kardiner et al., 1959c; Kardiner et al., 1959d) .

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