Female Dependency in Context

Some Theoretical and Technical Considerations
  • Harriet E. Lerner


Dependency needs are a universal aspect of human experience. The struggle to achieve a healthy integration of passive-dependent longings and active autonomous strivings constitutes a lifelong developmental task for both men and women. Yet, despite such universality, the very word “dependency” is more frequently associated with the female sex. Indeed, dependency, like passivity, has been considered the very hallmark of femininity.7


Family System Dependent Behavior Autonomous Functioning Engelwood Cliff Healthy Psychological Functioning 
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