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Defining A Gay Identity

A psychoanalytic approach to treatment strives to define an individual’s subjectivity through the use of language or interpretation. Ln fact, for many psychoanalysts, interpretation is central to the analytic process. Through the process of interpretation, the analyst attempts to define or name what is going on. Defining, interpreting, naming: they all

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ties will emerge in psychotherapy with any particular gay man. The dimensions offered here should be thought of as artifacts of a process of trying to understand a complex whole by breaking it down into smaller components. The reader should therefore keep in mind that any one part of a person should never be confused with the entire individual.