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Psicologia: ciência e profissão

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SILVA, João Rodrigo Oliveira e  e  ALBERTINI, Paulo. Notes on Reich's notion of character. Psicol. cienc. prof. [online]. 2005, vol.25, n.2, pp. 286-303. ISSN 1414-9893.

This article intends to extend the understanding of the theoretical foundations of the propositions made by the Austrian analyst Wilhelm Reich. It examines the notion of character as it appears in reichian work in the 1920's and in the beginning of the 1930's. It was mainly during this period of time that the author, then engaged with the psychoanalytical movement, developed the concept of character and organized his first therapeutic method: the character analysis. In more specific therms, this research aims: a) to present the connection between reichian reflections on character and certain approaches that appear in freudian writings; b) to contribute to the explanation of the notion of character as it is used in reichian texts published originally from 1922 to 1933. Among the subjects arising out of the study of Freud's and Reich's ideas on character, it can be emphasized the importance of investigating the character as a source of resistance. On the reichian particular ground, it ought to be pointed out the interrelation made by the author between character and ways of behavior.

Palavras-chave : Reich; Character; Resistance; Ways of behavior.

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