The contribution of the TIPE (Test di Induzione PsicoErotica: PsychoErotic Induction Test) to the assessment of erotic fantasies in subjects affected by gender dysphoria: a case series
Research into sexual aspects poses a fascinating challenge that is highly cogent to clinical profiling disciplines, but also constitutes a more ‘narrative and culturally oriented’ approach to medicine and psychology. Assessments of subjects affected by gender dysphoria and their internal, relational and sexual world is a still more complex task, since these are very distressing and tormented issues for the subjects under study. Psychodiagnostics can be an important element in the various investigative, evaluative and therapeutic pathways.
The authors have focused attention on the TIPE (Test di Induzione PsicoErotica: PsychoErotic Induction Test), an Italian projective psychodiagnostic tool that is used to explore the psychoerotic fantasies of subjects affected by gender dysphoria. The TIPE tests protocols of two samples of subjects have been examined. They projected particularly rich narrative aspects of the subjects’ psychoerotic imaginary world.
The first sample, a clinical series, consisted of a total of eleven subjects, nine men and two women, mean age 43 years, who were undergoing assessment, firstly psychotherapeutic and then medicolegal, for sex rectification purposes; the second sample, the controls, consisted of fourteen subjects, nine men and five women, mean age 28 years, all heterosexual and with a problem-free history of sexual identity