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“Is This Normal?”

Uncovering the Role of Homophobia inthe Treatment of a Lesbian Couple

 

Judy A. Levitz

 

 

Working with couples can be one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences in psychoanalytic work. In treating same-sex couples, one generally finds that the presenting issues do not differ notably from those presented by heterosexual couples. Typically, problems derive from communication difficulties, power imbalances, conflicts engendered by different characterological styles, and ultimately from transference enactments and projections. One notable difference is the role of internalized homophobia as it affects the couple's dynamics. Recent psychoanalytic writings emphasize the importance of recognizing the impact of every ...

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