This is the first book to assess bisexuality through a range of psychoanalytic and critical perspectives, highlighting both the issues faced by bisexual people in contemporary society and the challenges that can be presented by bisexual clients within a clinical setting.

Examining bisexuality through the lenses of Lacanian, Winnicottian and Relational psychoanalytic theories, the book outlines the ways in which the concept is at once both dated and yet still tremendously important. It includes case studies to explore the issue of widespread countertransference responses in the clinical setting, in addition to using both bisexual theory and empirical research on biphobia to comment on the social pressures facing bisexual men and women, and the resultant psychological effects.

Bisexual identities and practices have become increasingly visible in recent years, and this important book addresses the lack of critical reckoning with the topic within the psychoanalytic community. It will be of great interest to practicing psychoanalysts and psychotherapists as well as to researchers across the fields of psychoanalysis and gender and sexuality studies.

chapter |12 pages


chapter 1|15 pages


The undead (m)other of psychoanalysis

chapter 3|15 pages

Object choice

Choosing objects of psychoanalytic inquiry from among the different meanings of bisexuality

chapter 5|8 pages

Epistemologies of the fence

Meeting points between bisexual and contemporary psychoanalytic epistemologies

chapter 6|15 pages

Bisexuality and Oedipus, a strained relationship

Anti-Oedipal, post-Oedipal and extra-Oedipal bisexualities

chapter 7|15 pages

Abjection in action

Bisexual patient and transference-countertransference dynamics

chapter 8|11 pages

Women and men

Overlapping experiences, different pressures

chapter 9|7 pages

Masters of transformation

Bisexual and transgender bodies, and the problem of death