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Psicologia Clínica

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NETTO, Ney Klier Padilha  and  CARDOSO, Marta Rezende. The threat of encountering with the other in the sexual addiction: a psychoanalytic reflection. Psicol. clin. [online]. 2016, vol.28, n.3, pp. 153-170. ISSN 0103-5665.

The aim of this paper, based on psychoanalytic knowledge, is to analyze a particular form of addiction, the sexual compulsion, clinical situation in which the subject uses sexuality as a drug. The imperative and incessant appeal to the sexual act is accompanied by profound detachment from the object concerning the affective level of this relationship. The encounter with the other is biased, dehumanized, and the sexual partner is relegated to the condition of anonymity. Through involuntary and permanent narcissistic destitution of the partner, the sex-addict feels incapable of loving, unable to reconcile sexuality and affectivity. He/she tends to be consumed by overwhelming feelings of extreme loneliness, shame and despair. With the illustrative help of the movie picture "Shame", we will explore the stalemate experienced by the sex-addict in the field of love, with particular emphasis on narcissistic and oedipal factors involved in this defensive response of pathological character.

Keywords : sexual addiction; psychoanalysis; sexuality; object relation; Oedipus complex.

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