Psychoanalytic-Developmental Theory and the Development of Male Gender Identity

A Review
  • Martin R. Wong


The concept of identity has been a central preoccupation of philosophers for centuries—perhaps since humankind developed consciousness of self. At one level, identity has come to be considered by psychologists to be synonymous with the “self” or “self system.”1 At another level, the self is a dynamic process within which each individual lives—partly serendipitous, depending on the vagaries of heredity and fate, and partly purposive as each individual works at developing toward an elusive goal.2,3 Taken together then, identity consists of two elements, one a continuing integrated core of personhood, and the other a process of adaptation and change.


Gender Identity Sexual Ambivalence Early Life Experience Psychosexual Development Sexual Assignment 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Martin R. Wong
    • 1
  1. 1.Psychology ServiceVeterans Administration Medical CenterBattle CreekUSA

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