Excerpt About Genital Hole

A Deficient and Empty State of the Self
Much of the defensive structure is an attempt to fill or repress the genital hole, which we mentioned in some of these case histories. This self-image of an empty dark hole occurs in both men and women. From one perspective it is a state of castration; from another, deeper perspective it is experienced as a deficient and empty state of the self. We will show later that both perspectives function as a unity, although the perspective of the genital castration surfaces first. The castration perspective is operative in the process of experiencing space through analyzing the sexual body-image, because understanding the genital hole leads directly and smoothly to the experience of space.

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