SciELO - Scientific Electronic Library Online

vol.51 issue2Reflections about the repetition compulsion from correlations with the Sisyphus mythThe time and the object in psychoanalysis author indexsubject indexarticles search
Home Pagealphabetic serial listing  

Tempo psicanalitico

Print version ISSN 0101-4838On-line version ISSN 2316-6576


CARVALHO, Jéssica Baêta de Azevêdo  and  GEWEHR, Rodrigo Barros. Between organic insufficiency and helplessness: a reading of the "Project of a psychology" (1895). Tempo psicanal. [online]. 2019, vol.51, n.2, pp. 53-83. ISSN 0101-4838.

This work proposes an analysis of the theoretical presupposes developed by Freud, in his 1895 Project of a Psychology, so as to describe and ground his hypothesis of a neuronal apparatus. His main argument affirms that the organic insufficiency, and moreover their repetitions, is decisive to the structure and functioning of psychic processes. Henceforth, the psychic apparatus is moulded through its own insufficiency, expressed in the absence of an a priori object of satisfaction. This condition will be subsequently developed through the notion of helplessness. However, there are disagreements and a possible debate about the role played by the "Ego" in the process. The way one approaches these notions of organic insufficiency and helplessness, as well as their possible distinctions and relations, will be crucial to this debate.

Keywords : organic insufficiency; helplessness; Constitution of the Ego; Project of a Psychology.

        · abstract in Portuguese | French     · text in Portuguese     · Portuguese ( pdf )


Creative Commons License