This second book from the privately financed Psychoanalytic Research and Development Fund -- in preparation are studies on aggression and on chemical agents as an instrument in psychiatric therapy; already published, Psychic Trauma -- grew out of the interaction of a small group of psychoanalysts during 35 meetings between 1964 and 1968 in discussions of the perversion pathology of eight patients (only six are included here) involved in on-going analysis with various of the participants. There were no dramatic new breakthroughs (indeed, Freud's definition of perverse sexuality was subscribed to by the group, although perversion and inversion were treated for their purposes as two aspects of the same disorder), nor were there any indisputable conclusions. Two broad approaches were used in considering the etiology of perversion: developmental, which views perversion in terms of relatively conflict-free and possibly preverbal experience and the more traditional view which emphasizes the importance of conflict, the areas of anxiety and conflict solutions. The study, unfortunately, was concerned with only men because ""culture conspires to make the woman less needful of the solution represented by overt perversion."" The book makes no attempt to popularize for the lay reader and it's not easy reading, yet for those willing to take a deep breath and plunge ahead there's a great deal of understanding of the phenomenon of perversion to be secured.
Pub Date: Jan. 1, 1973
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Publisher: Quadrangle--The New York Times Book Co.