Advertisement

Archives of Sexual Behavior

, Volume 37, Issue 3, pp 422–425 | Cite as

Two Modes of Thought: The Narrative/Paradigmatic Disconnect in the Bailey Book Controversy

  • Jonathan M. AdlerEmail author
Peer Commentary

Alice Dreger’s compelling history of the controversy surrounding J. Michael Bailey’s book, The Man Who Would Be Queen, presents two opposing camps, each entrenched in a seemingly intractable and incompatible position. On one side are proponents of Blanchard’s theory and the scientific research supporting it that served as the basis for Bailey’s book. The theory suggests that a certain segment of natal men who undergo sex reassignment surgery to become women do so out of an autogynephilic sexual orientation—an erotic attraction to the idea of themselves as women. On the other side are the transwomen who strongly object to the theory, dispute the scientific basis for it, and maintain that their desire to change genders was not motivated by erotic desires, but instead was founded in an identity-based position that their bodies do not match their true selves, what Dreger termed the “feminine essence narrative.” In this commentary, I hope to offer one interpretation that attempts to get at...

Keywords

Transsexualism Narrative Identity Narrative Mode Opposing Camp Paradigmatic Mode 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

References

  1. Adler, J. M., & McAdams, D. P. (2007). The narrative reconstruction of psychotherapy. Narrative Inquiry, 17, 179–202.Google Scholar
  2. Adler, J. M., Wagner, J. W., & McAdams, D. P. (2007). Personality and the coherence of psychotherapy narratives. Journal of Research in Personality, 41, 1179–1198.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. Brendel, D. H. (2000). Philosophy of mind in the clinic: The relation between causal and meaningful explanation in psychiatry. Harvard Review of Psychiatry, 8, 184–191.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  4. Bruner, J. (1986). Actual minds, possible worlds. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.Google Scholar
  5. Bruner, J. (1990). Acts of meaning. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.Google Scholar
  6. Carey, B. (2007, June 25). Study on I.Q. prompts debate on family dynamics. New York Times. Retrieved September 10, 2007, from: http://www.nytimes.com.
  7. McAdams, D. P. (2001). The psychology of life stories. Review of General Psychology, 5, 100–122.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  8. McAdams, D. P. (2006). The redemptive self: Stories Americans live by. New York: Oxford University Press.Google Scholar
  9. McAdams, D. P., & Pals, J. L. (2006). A new Big Five: Fundamental principles for an integrative science of personality. American Psychologist, 61, 204–217.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  10. Rich, A. (1986). Blood, bread, and poetry: Selected prose 1979–1985. New York: W. W. Norton.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyNorthwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA

Personalised recommendations