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Revista Brasileira de Psicanálise

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NETO, Alfredo Naffah. Keeping both feet on the ground: about how one may dream of conquering one's own body in a process of analysis. Rev. bras. psicanál [online]. 2018, vol.52, n.2, pp. 141-150. ISSN 0486-641X.

The author describes a clinical case of a borderline patient, whose self was first formed by a hypertrophy of intellectual area. Throughout the process of analysis, this self has achieved an own body and therefore a psychosomatic unity. The purpose of this description is to show, from a Winnicottian perspective, the existence of other ways of interpreting dreams in cases of borderline disorder. These possible ways were not considered by Freud in his theory of dreams. This paper is not an attempt of reviewing Freud's theory; it would require at least a separate study because of its complexity. From a Winnicottian perspective, in cases of borderline pathology, the dream usuallly does not express an unconscious sexual desire, but rather translates aspects of the maturational stage of the patient, the author concludes.

Keywords : borderline pathology; personalization; psychosomatic unity; dreams.

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