Revisiting the "myth" of feminine masochism

Carol Tosone

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    Abstract

    Masochism, an enigmatic concept and clinical entity, has long posed one of the most difficult therapeutic challenges. Clinical observation supports the view that both men and women can exhibit masochistic traits. However, by virtue of their gender specific developmental paths, men and women may differ in their respective masochistic manifestations. Female patients often report a tendency to inhibit aggression which can lead to its somatic expression. Women also tend to be more prone to certain types of self-defeating behaviors and affective states, such as eating disorders, depression, and victimization. Factors contributing to the development of masochism in women include the influence of pre-oedipal and oedipal relations with the parents, narcissistic needs, and the internalization of societal attitudes toward women.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)413-426
    Number of pages14
    JournalClinical Social Work Journal
    Volume26
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jan 1 1998

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    Keywords

    • Female
    • Masochism
    • Self-defeating
    • Self-harm

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    • Health(social science)
    • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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    Revisiting the "myth" of feminine masochism. / Tosone, Carol.

    In: Clinical Social Work Journal, Vol. 26, No. 4, 01.01.1998, p. 413-426.

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    Tosone, Carol. / Revisiting the "myth" of feminine masochism. In: Clinical Social Work Journal. 1998 ; Vol. 26, No. 4. pp. 413-426.
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