Sex and sexuality: An evolutionary view

Launer, John (2014) Sex and sexuality: An evolutionary view. Psychoanalytic Inquiry: A Topical Journal for Mental Health Professionals, 34 (8). pp. 831-846. ISSN 0735-1690 (Print) ; 1940-9133 (Online) Full text available

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In this article, I first offer a summary of Darwin’s main ideas, especially relating to sex, and explain how these have been elaborated by more recent evolutionary scholars. I then give an account of the historical divergence between psychoanalysis and classical Darwinian thought, and describe how the early psychoanalyst Sabina Spielrein tried to counter this by addressing some biological themes in her work. Following a review of some contemporary attempts to bring psychoanalysis and evolutionary thought into alignment with each other, I make some suggestions regarding a view of sex and sexuality that would be sound in evolutionary terms while also being helpful in psychoanalytic ones.

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Additional Information: Special Issue: Psychoanalysis and evvolution: The tentative connection. Published online: 03 Dec 2014
Subjects: Human Psychological Processes > Biological Psychology
Department/People: Honorary Staff

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