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Psicologia Clínica

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SALES, Camila Ferreira  e  MARCOS, Cristina Moreira. Beyond the hysterical paradigm of anorexia: the iron order of maternal superego. Psicol. clin. [online]. 2018, vol.30, n.2, pp. 329-348. ISSN 0103-5665.

We are interested in questioning the structural affinity between anorexia and femaleness from a case beyond the hysterical paradigm of anorexia. Such affinity is often approached from its hysterical decline. It can be said that, in this paradigm, this relation concerns mainly the essence of the amorous discourse: the anorexic is consumed in her refusal of food in order to be the only one. By refusing that which comes from the Other, she seeks to attain a particular place in the Other. She is willing to die of hunger for love. We know, however, that the pursuit of love can turn into its opposite, into a refusal of the Other. It is what we find, for example, in cases of non-hysterical anorexia. To what is anorexy an answer, in the cases in which there is a foreclosure of the phallic signification, and are thereby irreducible to the hysterical manoeuver to preserve the desire? How to locate the affinity between anorexia and femaleness? Such questions will be posed within a clinical case in which we discern a submission to an iron order of the superego and abstaining from a sexual position in the amorous dialectic.

Palavras-chave : anorexia; femaleness; hysteria; psychosis.

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