Asymmetrical intimacies

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This essay examines a structural similarity between psychoanalysis and sadomasochism as parallel practices that allow for the possibility of personal transformation to emerge through the constitution of asymmetrical intimate relations. Through close readings of the works of Adam Phillips and Emmanuel Ghent, the essay argues that psychoanalysis sometimes holds sadomasochism in contempt out of a need to disavow this structural similarity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)971-989
Number of pages19
JournalTextual Practice
Issue number6
StatePublished - Oct 1 2013


  • Adam phillips
  • Emmanuel Ghent
  • Intimacy
  • Perversion
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Sadomasochism
  • Surrender

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Literature and Literary Theory


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