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Jornal de Psicanálise

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CASTELO FILHO, Claudio. The uncanny, the double, and the possibility of a genuine loving relationship. J. psicanal. [online]. 2019, vol.52, n.97, pp. 51-66. ISSN 0103-5835.

The author begins considering his personal experiences in his private life and in analysis to develop the work concerned with the uncanny/double, as it was first mentioned by Freud in his work "The uncanny". He writes about the difficulties we have to tolerate the encounter with the perplexing uncanny-disturbing double that are ourselves as we face him in analysis. He enhances that we are not only one stranger to ourselves, but many, constituting a group or more frequently an agglomerated of characters as pointed out by Bion in his book "A Memoir of the Future" constituted by aspects that are very primordial and primitive (Amoeba, T. Rex, somites etc.) and very sophisticated ones (astronomer, great poets, psychoanalyst...) that present themselves in the course of the analysis. The analyst's task would be to present one to oneself and to intermediate this encounter with the various characters that constitute us in order to allow the assimilation of these aspects. Their recognition and acceptance would make possible the development of a real capacity to deal and manage them either intrapsychically or in everyday life in a favorable way. The absence of recognition of our violent and greedy aspects is risky because a naïf outlook is a danger to our survival. If recognized and accepted they can be turned into important tools if the person is also capable of true love and capacity to repair. Someone's real genuine and loving relationship to oneself is possible only with the acceptance of everything that constitutes him/her, even though this might be a frightening experience. This is also the main condition to have a real and loving relationship with other people.

Palavras-chave : uncanny; double; primordial; ambition of being important; genuine love.

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