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Cadernos de Psicologia Social do Trabalho

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MONTEIRO, Thaís Moura; GHIZONI, Liliam Deisy; SILVA, Thayanne Karoline Abreu e  and  MORAIS, Geovanna Gomes de. "We've gone through some hard time": analysis of the narratives of federal public servants about working. Cad. psicol. soc. trab. [online]. 2021, vol.24, n.1, pp. 65-87. ISSN 1516-3717.

This article presents the results of clinical listening to suffering at work with a group of federal civil servants. The theoretical contribution comes from Psychodynamics of Work and the methodological approach focuses on the construction of a space for discussion as proposed by clinical practice, using the following devices: demand analysis, transference and interpretation; clinician training and clinical supervision. The objective is to analyze the participants' narratives through qualitative research and descriptive perspective. Twelve sessions were held with the participation of eleven civil servants. It is concluded that the use of clinical devices allowed civil servants to change their attitudes towards work, as they attributed new meanings to work, thus (re)signifying the contents that triggered intense suffering. Thus, it was noticed that there was a reorganization of the defensive system, and the importance of the clinic as a political potential for collective organization is confirmed.

Keywords : Psychodynamics of work; Suffering; Public servant.

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