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CONDE, Ana Flávia Cicero  and  COSTA, Paulo José da. Reflections about the repetition compulsion from correlations with the Sisyphus myth. Tempo psicanal. [online]. 2019, vol.51, n.2, pp. 31-52. ISSN 0101-4838.

This article aims to investigate the concept of repetition compulsion in the Freudian work, with the purpose of bringing clarifications to the complexity that surrounds it. The method used was the theoretical research on psychoanalysis, and the Sisyphus myth was used to make correlations with the studied concept, because in it were found models of repetitive behaviors and Greek mythology always shows itself as a rich source of reflections about the human. Three moments present in the dynamics of the compulsion to repetition were correlated with three others found in the Sisyphus myth, because they have common elements that describe, in the first instance, transgressions and excesses; in a second, compulsive and inexorable repetitions; and finally, in a third, possibilities of restoration of order and redemption. Thus, we came to considerations about the repetition compulsion that describe it as a mechanism associated with the encounter of the psychism with the excessive, disconnected and traumatic.

Keywords : repetition compulsion; Sisyphus; psychoanalysis.

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