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Psicologia Clínica

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LANGARO, Fabíola; PRETTO, Zuleica  e  CIRELLI, Bruna Germano. Cancer and the subject in psychotherapy: work horizons from the Jean-Paul Sartre existentialist perspective. Psicol. clin. [online]. 2012, vol.24, n.2, pp.127-146. ISSN 0103-5665.

This article presents a report of a psychotherapy process conducted with Sofia, a woman of 36 years old, carrying through a medical treatment for breast cancer. Based on the existentialist theory of Jean-Paul Sartre, the cancer was considered as provoking significant changes in her being project, mainly caused by changes in her relationships and, consequently, in her experience of being who she was. From this, the main objective of the process was feasible Sofia from different horizons and existential conditions imposed by the disease, without forgetting that reached the experiences of suffering in all its history and complexity, and not only limited to the occurrence of cancer. Finished the psychotherapeutic process, it is considered that it was possible to rearrange Sofia being project, as it enabled her to understand important aspects of the path she had trod and yet her specific possibilities in the present and her future.

Palavras-chave : cancer; clinical psychology; Jean-Paul Sartre; existentialism.

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