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GARBARINO, Mariana Inés. Psychoanalysis and rules games: theoretical-clinical notes in light of latency work. Tempo psicanal. [online]. 2021, vol.53, n.1, pp. 301-327. ISSN 0101-4838.

Present from antiquity in mythology and art, games are a creation of homo-ludens and accompany phylogenesis for at least 5.000 years. Although used in clinical practice with children and recognized as typical elements of the latency period, the psychoanalytic literature is poorly equipped with research on games, compared to studies of play and verbal and graphic productions. Thus, based on contemporary authors, especially francophones, the present article analyses the function of the game in the latency period and its possible contributions in the clinic. Rereading the classic constructs of psychosexual development and Freud's metapsychology in light of the clinical possibilities of the game, the article was organized into three pillars: (1) the history and symbols of the rules games; (2) the work of latency, the pleasure of thinking and the sublimatory and metapsychological dimension of the game; (3) the specificities of its clinical approach. It also discusses the role of the game in the reactivation of Oedipal Conflict and its fecundity, considering the prevalence of the school complaint in the demand for service during the latency.

Keywords : Latency; games; psychoanalytic clinic; psychosexual development.

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