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Psicologia Clínica

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LIMA, Flávia Brasil  and  DARRIBA, Vinicius Anciães. Impasses to psychoanalysis in a military institution. Psicol. clin. [online]. 2019, vol.31, n.2, pp.345-364. ISSN 0103-5665.

This article arises out of reflections concerning the institutional insertion of psychoanalysis and the psychoanalyst's place in a rather particular field, a military police institution. As we seek to articulate aspects that shape militarism and bind its members, we employ Lacan's four discourses theory to reflect on the social bonds instituted by such an environment. This articulation intends to establish the terms of the argument proposed here concerning the impasses reached by the spread of the discourse of psychoanalysis. From impasses detected in the circulation of psychoanalytic discourse - which acts in the opposite direction to the subjective self-effacement that stems from the attachment to a police officer identity - and its intersections with the official discourse of the institution, we address the desire of the psychoanalyst as a crucial clinical operator. We examine how, as the transfer affects the course of treatment, some part of the unconscious subject can be mobilized as an effect of the speech directed to the psychoanalyst. In this reflection, we take into account a fundamental issue concerning the matter at hand: the possibility to sustain a psychoanalyst's stance at the same time as being a member of officer rank in the corps hierarchy.

Keywords : psychoanalysis; institution; militarism; discourses.

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