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LGBTQ Study Group with ESTHER RAPOPORT, Psy.D.

Date: 1 2021 20:30



The LGBTQ STUDY GROUP of the William Alanson White Institute invites you to a conversation with:  






From Psychoanalytic Bisexuality to Bisexual Psychoanalysis



Wed. December 1, 2021


8:30 - 10:00 pm (EST)


On Zoom



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Bisexuality continues to be underrepresented and misrepresented in society at large and, as studies consistently show, self-identified bisexuals face high levels of stress, financial hardship, domestic violence and mental health problems. Disturbingly, psychoanalytic community actively perpetuates bisexual invisibility by remaining loyal to outdated and mystifying notions of bisexuality that make actual bisexual desires and practices difficult to symbolize. While other foundational concepts in Freud’s theory have been extensively critiqued from multiple angles, the psychoanalytic concept of bisexuality has attracted little critical attention and many clinicians of various theoretical orientations still mindlessly use it the way Freud did – all the while subscribing to contemporary conceptual paradigms of gender and sexuality, within which Freud’s ideas on bisexuality are no longer defensible. In addition to acquainting themselves with information on bi- and pansexual identities and lifestyles, psychoanalytic clinicians can benefit from integrating into the tenets of clinical psychoanalysis some of the thinking on bisexual subjectivity and bisexual epistemology, as elaborated in bisexual theory (e.g., Daumer, 1992, Eisner, 2013, Feldman, 2009, Hemmings, 2002). I will exemplify the benefits of such integration and its clinical usefulness by talking about a psychotherapy case, in which the patient’s, and my own, surrender to bisexual subjectivity and epistemology helped guide the way.




Esther Rapoport, Psy.D., is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalytic candidate maintaining a full-time practice in Tel Aviv. She is adjunct faculty in the Ben Gurion University Dept of Social Work and teaches relational psychoanalytic approaches via the Israeli Psychological Association and the Kiev International Program for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. In addition, she writes and lectures widely on issues related to working with LGBTQ patients. Her book From Psychoanalytic Bisexuality to Bisexual Psychoanalysis: Desiring in the Real (Routledge, 2019) won the Bisexual Book Award.



For inquiries regarding the LGBTQ Study Group please contact

Esin Egit, PhD (Chair): e.egit@wawhite.org