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Estilos da Clinica

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NOGUEIRA, Tiago Sanches. The art of escape: on reactive personality and psychoanalytic treatment of an adolescent in crisis. Estilos clin. [online]. 2017, vol.22, n.2, pp. 212-229. ISSN 1415-7128.

This paper presents a discussion about a clinical case that questions the psychoanalyst's action in the crisis process of an adolescent in shelter condition. Only later the case's development was able to lead us to the study of the functioning of what Jacques Lacan called "reactive personality" in his seminar Anxiety (1962-1963). According to Lacan, it is not a kind of subject, but a zone of relation defined by him as acting-out. That zone was the only resource that William had before the "cannot be said".

Keywords : adolescent; angst; acting-out; reactive personality; Jacques Lacan.

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