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BARBIERI, Valéria; UJIKAWA, Mirtes Ione  and  MISHIMA, Fernanda Kimie Tavares. Love and hate on the playing of a child with encopresis. Tempo psicanal. [online]. 2011, vol.43, n.2, pp. 321-337. ISSN 0101-4838.

Encopresis is characterized by intestinal exoneration in inadequate places, such as clothes or on the floor. In psychoanalytic terms, it is conceived as related to morality development, thus originating from the child's ambivalence regarding his or her parents. As symbol formation is an important ally in the elaboration of ambivalence, the present study investigated the nature of children's playing via three case studies, which included ludic sessions and family interviews. The results indicate that such children's playing was rigid and hardly creative, due to a rigorous drive control. Such control had its roots in the relationship of the children with their mothers, as well as from difficulties of the latter to elaborate their own ambivalence, leading to a hyper-control of themselves. Therefore, both the symptom and the creative difficulty revealed a reaction of the children from an intrusion of an ambient which did not offer support to their needs, nor allowed for the integration of love and hate.

Keywords : encopresis; psychoanalysis; child; family; playing.

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