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Revista Mal Estar e Subjetividade

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GARCIA, Claudia Amorim. Os estados limite e o trabalho do negativo: uma contribuição de A.Green para a clínica contemporânea. Rev. Mal-Estar Subj. [online]. 2007, vol.7, n.1, pp. 123-135. ISSN 1518-6148.

This article is a discussion about borderline states from A Green's point of view as expressed in his publications along two decades. It assumes that a clinical approach to these cases demands the theoretical consideration of the vicissitudes of the object, the development of psychic borders and the work of the negative. The central argument asserts that in these cases, typical of what has been called the clinic of emptiness, omnipresence of the intrusive object and the inaccessibility of the idealized object interfere with the ability to represent which is the main problem with these patients. The impossibility of establishing absence as potential presence interferes with thinking and prevents access to desire. On the other hand, these patients are caught between separation anxiety and intrusion anxiety which points at the fragility of their psychic borders and testifies to the fact that, in their case, the object was not erased. The concluding remarks suggest that the structuring function of the work of the negative does not take place in a satisfying way with these patients who, on the contrary, strongly manifest the pathological consequences of the negative in the form of clinical symptoms like primary depression and splitting.

Palavras-chave : borderline states; work of the negative; thinking; intrusion anxiety; separation anxiety.

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