This book is an outcome of the European Conference on the theme of transsexualism held in Catania, Italy in 2006. It shows how psychoanalysis can reflect, discuss, dialogue and formulate useful insights on one of the most challenging situations that confront the mental health community.
Controversies in Psychoanalysis Series -- Foreword -- Introduction -- Transvestism, transsexualism, transgender: identification and imitation -- Some thoughts on transsexualism, transvestism, transgender, and identification -- Between Scylla and Charybdis: exploring atypical gender identity development in children and adolescents -- Atypical gender identity development: on biological and psychological factors -- Transference and countertransference in group analysis with gender dysphoric patients -- Counterpoints
Theoretical and clinical progress in psychoanalysis continues to develop new concepts and to reconsider old ones, often in contradiction with each other. By confronting and opening these debates, we might find points of convergence but also divergences that cannot be reconciled; the ensuing tension among these should be sustained in a pluralistic dialogue.