chapter  13
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Discussion of Shelby's "The Self and Orientation: The Case of Mr. G": Brenda Clorfene Solomon

Dennis Shelby continues his pioneering work on homosexuality by asking: How does the analyst's sexual orientation influence the potential selfobject transferences when the patient is homosexual? What unique countertransference reactions occur in the analyst when the patient is a male homosexual? Does the therapist's sexual orientation limit his or her potential to participate in the unfolding of the developmentally necessary and previously missing selfobject experience that provides pathways to the most vitalized, healthy sense of self?