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December 12, 2011 Scientific Session

Monday, December 12, 2011
8:15 pm
Alumni Hall B
NYU Langone Medical Center
550 First Avenue, NYC

"The Sexual Aberrations"-- Do We Still Need the Concept? 
If So, When and Why?  If Not, Why Not?

Chair:  Donald Moss, MD

Panelists:  Ken Corbett, PhD, Muriel Dimen, PhD, and Sidney H. Phillips, MD

Educational Objectives

After attending this panel presentation, audience members should be 
better able to think about the factors that determine the categories 
of aberration and normality, not only in the sexual sphere but also 
throughout the psychic domain.


The notion of "aberration" implies a companion notion of "normal."  To 
ask, then, whether we still need the concept of "sexual aberrations" 
is to simultaneously ask whether we still need the concept of "sexual 
normality."  Do we draw lines?  If we do, how fixed are the lines?  
Some, once apparently fixed, have now been moved.  Do we have 
apparently fixed ones now?  Might they too move?  Are certain lines 
part of "bedrock"?  Is there a "bedrock normality"?  These questions 
and others will be taken up in a roundtable format by our panel.