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LEVISKY, David Leo. Privation and delinquency: pointers to hope and hopelessness - a psychoanalytical contribution for Brazilian politicians and citizens. Ide (São Paulo) [online]. 2017, vol.39, n.63, pp. 167-184. ISSN 0101-3106.

The paper analyses the energy to be invested and the resistance to be overcome in order to achieve creative transformations in the constitution of Brazilian subjectivity. It suggests that Brazilian society must evolve a great deal to become a responsible democracy with rights and obligations respected by all. At present it is dominated by impunity and collusion among elite groups and vested interests eager to hold on to power and enrich themselves at the taxpayer's expense. This is not a party-political problem but a mindset shared by all members of society. "Home is where we start from" in the family or its social equivalents, where fundamental and founding conditions are created for the development of an integrated, coherent and creative self. The processes concerned depend on affective bonds, parental containment, and creative actions to enrich individual and collective symbolic activities. Antisocial tendencies derive from disorganized patterns of attachment, deviations in affective investment, and deficiencies that inflict premature suffering on subjects during their social, cognitive and effective development. Hope arises from moral and ethical parents who offer responsiveness, receptivity, direction, and conditions for the development of creative potential in the pursuit of realization as well as personal and collective pleasure.

Palavras-chave : Politicians; Privation; Psychoanalysis; Democracy; Trust.

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