Autogynephilia: Aroused by the Image of Yourself as the Opposite Sex

sexgenderSex and gender are topics that trainees often complain are insufficiently taught on counselling psychology programmes.  One remedy for this is to read widely – and first person accounts are a great way of doing this.  In this blog post, Joseph Burgo investigates a phenomenon where individuals take themselves as a particular gendered person, as their sexual object.  A kind of auto-erotic fetish of sorts.  Check out the post here.  For me, the very articulate comments that follow the post, are just as interesting, if not more so, than the post itself.

If you’re interested in a contemporary psychoanalytic exploration of (trans)gender, check out this book on the subject.  Or come and see me for supervision! 🙂

Dr Russel Ayling

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