Identity and sexuality - a somatic perspective
Psychosexual issues have tended to be seen as a specialism, rather than as an integral aspect of human life. Yet, we are at core sexual beings and throughout our lives we constantly develop our sexuality, as men and women, within specific life phases. Without our sexual nature being mirrored, it cannot be integrated into our experience of ourselves. The resulting inner discord may foster a tendency to act out sexually later in life – either by repressing our natural sexual impulses or by over-exciting them.
Children need to be properly mirrored in order to internalise a healthy self-concept, but cultural difficulties regarding the body and sex have meant that our need for Sexual Mirroring has been ignored, leaving a void in our development. Society compounds this problem with its tendency to over-stimulate ideas of sex and gender and we embody society’s mental–emotional over-excitement, stimulated by a consumer culture that can never support us in being grounded in reality.
How can we provide what is needed for our clients or students? The Beyond Oedipus series continues to present a new way of seeing these issues.
For more details see www.psychosexualtherapycentre.co.uk/workshops/html
About Geoff Lamb
Geoff Lamb has been practicing as a psychotherapist since 1985 He is co-founder of UK Centre for Psychosexual Therapy
Helena Løvendal-Duffell has been in private practice in London since 1988. co- founded The Centre For Gender Psychology and Creative Couple Work She is co-founder of UKCPTE.