Womb Envy: A Bioenergetic Perspective

Somatopsychic Reality of Men - Not Women, Not Mothers


  • Scott Baum




womb-envy, men’s somatopsychic identity, relations between men and women


This article takes up and broadens the concept of ‘womb-envy’ from a bioenergetic perspective. Womb-envy describes a felt, if unconscious, experience in men arising from our incapacity to carry and bear and, in certain ways, nurture children. This paper examines this phenomenon using a somatopsychic lens and illuminates the impact of the feelings arising from this on personality development and on men’s relationships with women.

Author Biography

Scott Baum

Scott Baum, Ph.D. ABPP is a bioenergetic therapist and clinical psychologist practicing in NYC. He is a member of the International Faculty of the International Institute for Bioenergetic Analysis, and is on the faculties of the NY Society, the Israel Society, and the Swiss Association. He is Adjunct Full Professor of Psychology in the Psy.D. program at Pace University.
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How to Cite

Baum, S. (2023). Womb Envy: A Bioenergetic Perspective: Somatopsychic Reality of Men - Not Women, Not Mothers. Bioenergetic Analysis, 33(1), 55–70. https://doi.org/10.30820/0743-4804-2023-33-55