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Gender tensions: (half) man and (half) woman - annual conference of psychoanalysts
Dr. Felix Hoffmann Office
German Society for Psychoanalysis, Psychotherapy, Psychosomatics and Depth Psychology (DGPT) e.V.
Everyone has feminine and masculine traits - on a physical and psychosocial level. Sigmund Freud already assumed a bisexuality that is inherent in every human being. The 69th annual conference of the German Society for Psychoanalysis, Psychotherapy, Psychosomatics and Depth Psychology (DGPT) e.V., which will take place in Lindau from September 21 to 23, 2018, is about diverse gender identity, gender tensions within a person and between the sexes.
Man or woman? That is not always as clear as society demands. For example, the Federal Cabinet recently decided that there will soon also be a third option “diverse” in the birth register, in addition to the female and male gender. "The draft law is an important step to end the pathologization and discrimination of intersex people who do not find themselves in the division of the sexes," emphasizes Prof. Ilka Quindeau, Professor of Clinical Psychology at the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences. At the 69th annual conference of the German Society for Psychoanalysis, Psychotherapy, Psychosomatics and Depth Psychology (DGPT), the psychoanalyst will report on the possibilities of psychoanalysis to do justice to diverse gender identifications. “Gender tensions” is the motto of the largest psychoanalyst congress in Germany.
In doing so, Prof. Quindeau refers to the concept of constitutional bisexuality, which Sigmund Freud described as early as 1905: Freud assumed "that neither in the psychological nor in the biological sense a pure masculinity or femininity is found". Rather, each individual has "a mixture of their biological sexual character with biological traits of the opposite sex ...". Freud therefore presupposes a physical multisexuality that is inherent in every human being and not only affects intersex people who are born with ambiguous sexual organs. Quindeau calls for the Freudian concept of bisexuality to be taken up and worked out. “After all, we now know from embryonic research that children in the womb do not have a clear gender in the first few weeks of pregnancy,” says the psychoanalyst.
Gender is made up of many biological and psychosocial components, explains Quindeau. Even on the physical level, it is important to look at gender identity in a more differentiated manner. "The body gender does not only consist of the genitals, but also includes the chromosomes, gonads and hormones, muscle mass and body fat distribution." The assignment of the many components is not always clear, not only for intersex people, but also for inconspicuous men and women. "Research has shown, for example, that fathers who look after their babies have less of the male hormone testosterone than soldiers, for example," explains Quindeau. She deduces from this that masculinity and femininity are not sharply delimited units, but rather a continuum with individual mixing ratios. The psychoanalyst therefore advocates dissolving the gender dichotomy to some extent. "There is so much suffering associated with the standardization of gender roles that it is completely unnecessary."
The 69th annual meeting of the DGPT is not only about gender tensions within a person, but also about the tense relationship between the sexes. For example, under the title “Alpha Girls”, the attachment problems of modern career women are analyzed or the strained woman-man relationship between Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera is examined.
Prof. Ilka Quindeau: (Un-) Doing Gender in Psychotherapy? What can trans and intersex people learn about gender, Friday, September 21, 2018, 9.30-10.30 a.m., Inselhalle Saal 1 Europa, Zwanzigerstr. 10, 88131 Lindau on Lake Constance
The entire program on http://jahrestagung2018.dgpt.de/programm.php
Dr. Felix Hoffmann, Managing Director DGPT, Tel. 030 887163934 or Tel. 030 887163930, [email protected]
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