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PEIXOTO JUNIOR, Carlos Augusto. On the importance of the body to the continuity of being. Rev. Mal-Estar Subj. [online]. 2008, vol.8, n.4, pp. 927-958. ISSN 1518-6148.

As Donald Winnicott understood it, the body would be essential for the psique while it was seen, first of all, as a specific organization, proceeding from the imaginative elaboration of the corporal functions. However, from the point of view of the individual in process of emotional maturation, the author did not consider that the "self" and the body would be inherently superposed. Nevertheless, in health, it would be necessary that this superposition becomes a fact. Gradually, the psique would arrive at an agreement with the body, in such a way that, in health, there should be a state in which the corporal borders would also be the borders of the psique. Taking in account these considerations, the main objective of the present article is to delimit the place of the body in the work of the English psychoanalyst, trying to articulate this concept with the experience of continuity of the being. For this, we traverse its main articles on the subject, since the Thirties until the beginning of the decade of seventy, assuming that in this way it is possible to detect in a more rigorous way the main transformations in the relations between body and being. During this course, we still discuss other fundamental concepts and notions formulated by the author, such as integration, personalization, "holding" and "handling", as well as his approach of psychosomatic disturbance.

Palavras-chave : body; being; continuity; integration; personalization.

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