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KLIER, Ney  and  CARDOSO, Marta Rezende. An Oedipus without borders: the archaic's insistence on the sex addict. Tempo psicanal. [online]. 2020, vol.52, n.1, pp. 111-132. ISSN 0101-4838.

In sexual addiction, the performance of the sexual act imposes itself on the subject compulsively. Sexuality loses much of its potential of fantasy, starting to serve as the engine of an excessive and destructive search for pleasure that does not include the possibility of libidinal bond with the other. This article, based on psychoanalytical knowledge, aims at exploring the role of the Oedipus complex in the determinations of the clinical situation in question, a theoretical aspect of fundamental importance for understanding the impasses that interfere with the sex addict relationship with his/her partners and with his/her own sexuality. The oedipal problem is not reduced to the classic Freudian description of the Oedipus complex, but it encompasses a series of conditions and circumstances that precede the infant's entry into this stage, the construction of the primal scene being the decisive factor that will enable or not the entrance of the subject into an effective triangulation system. We will therefore devote particular attention to the original aspect of the Oedipus, which has its essential nucleus in the construction of the primal scene. This axis of work will ultimately lead us to reflect on sexual addiction in its most radical and extreme manifestations, where the increasing adherence to risky situations by the sex addict becomes paradigmatic of a limitless and dangerous search that, in its deepest sense, reveals certain contingencies of a tumultuous relational history.

Keywords : sexual addiction; Oedipus complex; primal scene; risky situations.

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