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Revista Brasileira de Psicanálise

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ROUSSILLON, René. The capacity to be alone in the couple's presence.Translated byMarilei Jorge. Rev. bras. psicanál [online]. 2017, vol.51, n.2, pp. 19-32. ISSN 0486-641X.

When wondering about psychoanalytic consultations with families, particularly about family consultations which involve requests for psychoanalytic treatment for children, the author suggests that the issue of the capacity to be alone in the couple's presence should be considered the privileged organizer of this situation. This thought leads the author to rethink the function of couple as object and its internal representation in the drive-oriented organization of infantile sexuality as a way of dealing with the impasses and paradoxes of Oedipal crisis. The fantasy of primal scene, therefore, finds one of its equivalents in the everyday family life. Finally, the author places the capacity to be alone in the couple's presence among a series of intermediary experiences in which the difference between perception and representation may be implemented. And, making this difference, the author continues, is vital to the psychic functioning.

Keywords : family consultation; Oedipal constellation and strategy; fantasy of the primal scene; capacity to be alone.

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