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Boletim de Psicologia

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ROCHA, Helenice de Fátima Oliveira. From the horde's father to Moses: the ideal as the articulator between subject and culture. Bol. psicol [online]. 2012, vol.62, n.137, pp. 117-127. ISSN 0006-5943.

In order to demonstrate the link between the individual, ideal and culture, we followed a path through Freud's social and political texts. From Totem and taboo, written in 1913, to Moses and the monotheism, published in 1939, we select from these projects the position of the leader as the ideal for the subject and for the mass. Freud's effort in showing us that the psyche is culture's living stage reveals that the social link, represented by the tie among brothers can only be sustained by the submission to the leader, demonstrated through the process of identification as one of the ideal requirements in its function of lending relief to the original helplessness.

Keywords : Ideal; subject; culture.

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