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Length: 281 pages

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'It is a pleasure to give an unreserved welcome to Stoller's book He covers both psychological and biological anomalies of sexual identity which he has been studying clinically for ten years.'- Hugh Freeman, New Society'Dr Stoller's contribution must rank as a milestone in our understanding of the development of masculinity and feminity and can do a great deal to alleviate some fundamental uncertainties in this area.'- Sydney Brandon, British Medical Journal

About the Author

Robert J. Stoller M.D. was, until his death, Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA School of Medicine. His books on human sexuality include 'The Transsexual Experiment', 'Perversion: The Erotic Form of Hatred', 'Splitting: A Case of Female Masculinity', 'Porn: Myths for the Twentieth Century', 'Pain and Passion: A Psychoanalyst explores the World of S and M', 'Observing the Erotic Imagination' and 'Presentations of Gender'. Dr Stoller was a psychoanalyst but because he recognized the need to understand how biological forces contribute to the development of mental functions, he took account of the important work that had come out of the laboratories. He also emphasized the need for some psychoanalysts to include some of the findings and concepts of leading theorists if they are to understand better the origins and maintenance of the ground themes of personality, of which gender identity (masculinity and femininity) is certainly one.

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  • File Size: 1343 KB
  • Print Length: 281 pages
  • Publisher: Pantheon; 1st edition (October 17, 2012)
  • Publication Date: October 17, 2012
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By R. M. Dreyfus on August 30, 2010
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Stoller's views on sexuality have intrigued me since I first encountered his 1976 article "Sexual Excitement"in the 1976 Archives of General Psychiatry published by the AMA. In brief, he posits that "normal" sexual excitement, untainted by overtones of sadism, control, rejection fantasies and other psychological baggage, elicits a pallid, tame level of erotic fever compared to the off-the-charts levels of addictive excitement elicited by these add-ons.

He is highly critical of untested Freudian theory and in this volume details an enlightened view of feminine sexuality (penis envy -humbug!)as well as a perceptive analysis of the dynamics of SM, exhibitionism and other distortions of loving, uncomplicated intimacy. This book is highly recommended for anyone attempting to treat individuals suffering from distorted sexual impulses. If I have a criticism, it would be that he appears to suggest in his writing that loving, truly intimate sex, untainted by at least subtle elements of hostility, is a rarity. I hope he's wrong, but in my thirty years experience as a psychotherapist and friend of many couples who pass as normal, I'm not so sure.
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