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The Self and Orientation: "The Case of Mr. G. R. Dennis Shelby

One of the more controversial aspects of the ongoing reconsideration of the phenomenon of homosexuality within psychoanalysis is the assertion by lsay (1989) that only gay and lesbian clinicians should treat gay and lesbian patients. Responses to this position were immediate, have been rattling in the halls of psychoanalytic institutes, and continue to appear in publications. For example, Goldberg (1995) basically states that this position values familiarity over technique. While Macintosh (1994) purports to convey the evenhandedness of the psychoanalytic community, ultimately, the work conveys considerable ambivilence as to whether homosexual desire can be viewed as genuine versus defensive in nature.