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On the subject of homosexuality: What Freud said
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
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2016 (English)In: International Journal of Psychoanalysis, ISSN 0020-7578, E-ISSN 1745-8315, Vol. 97, no 3, 933-950 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The article explores Freud’s writing on homosexuality, from his early hypotheses, expressed in his letters to Fleiss to his last observations in The Outline of Psychoanalysis, published in 1940 after his death. We trace the continuities as well as changes in his thinking, and have organized the paper conceptually, under the headings: 1) Bisexuality 2) Narcissism and Object choice, 3) On Normality and Pathology, and 4) The Quantitative factor and Aggression. We show that Freud was the first to confirm the existence of homosexualities, that he offers no black and white solution to the question of normality and pathology, although he contributes to the understanding of the vehemence that surrounds the subject, and that, in the considerable body of work, he has offered a rich and varied foundation for further thinking on the subject.

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2016. Vol. 97, no 3, 933-950 p.
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homosexuality, bisexuality, narcissism, normality, identification, aggression
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-310729DOI: 10.1111/1745-8315.12520OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-310729DiVA: diva2:1057877
Available from: 2016-12-19 Created: 2016-12-19 Last updated: 2016-12-19

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