What is it about?

Homosexuality has long been categorised as a perversion or narcissistic disorder. What if, after all, its origin was biological and therefore natural? This would mean that there is a homosexual instinct. But the author has not been able to demonstrate this. However, he has observed that there is a tendency in homosexual males to instinctively turn towards the primary paternal object.

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Why is it important?

Attachment theories can help to understand how homosexual males naturally bond, through their emotional relationships, to a primary love object of paternal origin.


To compare heterosexuality and homosexuality amounts to asserting that the former is normal, and the latter is not. In fact, the reality is far more nuanced. To take a moral position on sexuality is to leave the field of the unconscious, as Lacan pointed out repeatedly in his work. The diversity of human experience is well reflected in the complexity of homosexuality from the point of view of psychoanalysis. Perhaps psychoanalysis would be more open by not trying to explain homosexuality by generalizing certain cases into a universal truth.

Emmanuel Cannou
Collège de Psychologie Analytique (CPA), psychanalystes et psychothérapeutes jungiens

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This page is a summary of: A Focus on Male Homosexuality in Psychoanalytic Literature, International Journal of Jungian Studies, September 2021, Brill,
DOI: 10.1163/19409060-bja10015.
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