How Personal Issues Arise - A Gender Therapy View
Gender identity involves a person's view of themself as masculine, feminine or androgynous. Gender role conflicts occur, within a person when the gender role they identify with differs from that prescribed by their culture, and between people when each has a different perception of gender roles.
Three Gender Therapy Concepts about the Mind
- Cultures differ in the value they place on the sexes and masculine and feminine characteristics
- Sexism is the oppression of a person based on their sex and can become self oppression
- Heterosexism is discrimination against homosexuality, bisexuality and asexuality
The Client - Gender Therapy Therapist Relationship
The client may talk about their identity or a power conflict with someone of the same or another gender. The therapist helps the client define themself, develop strengths and make choices. Therapy may focus on transforming gender relationships or challenging the masculine - feminine polarities.
The Aim of Gender Therapy
To address gender when understanding and solving conflicts.