Debate on Mark Solms’s "The Biological Foundations of Gender. A Delicate Balance"

Journal title PSICOANALISI
Author/s Paolo Mariotti
Publishing Year 2018 Issue 2018/1 Language Italian
Pages 5 P. 45-49 File size 135 KB
DOI 10.3280/PSI2018-001003
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In his contribution, describing how gender develops in the fetal body and brain, and showing how complicated - almost impossible - it is to decide exactly what distinguishes male from female, Mark Solms has attempted to demonstrate that environmental and genetic influences are absolutely inextricable. In this perspective the Freudian concept of comple-mental series, term used as a principle to explain human behaviour as the result of comple-mentary interplay of nature and nurture, fits with current evidence in scientific literature about the biological complexity of gender identity and sexual orientation.

Keywords: Gender, development, nature, nurture, complemental series

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Paolo Mariotti, Discussione del lavoro di Mark Solms: "Fondamenta biologiche del genere. Un equilibrio delicato" in "PSICOANALISI" 1/2018, pp 45-49, DOI: 10.3280/PSI2018-001003