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Revista Mal Estar e Subjetividade

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TEIXEIRA, Manuella Mucury  and  PEREIRA, Ondina Pena. Groups formation, narcissism and otherness: a psychoanalytical and anthropological research. Rev.Mal-Estar Subj [online]. 2013, vol.13, n.1-2, pp. 113-132. ISSN 1518-6148.

This article investigates - in the process of group formation - the relationships that their members establish with the ideal self, linking this concept, created by Freudian psychoanalysis, to the anthropological notion of difference and otherness as proposed by Baudrillard. Discussions are made based on data obtained in a fieldwork with ten adolescents from a public school in the outskirts of the Federal District, who participated for one year, of practical workshops on photography, literary text and free conversations. Such practical workshops have been called workshops of symbolic exchanges, in reference to the language work that they contain. During the workshop sessions, we tried to observe the transformation of what was initially just a bunch of teenagers in a group constituted as such. We intend to present herein the results reached by the games of rivalry and solidarity established during the workshops, with emphasis on events that have stirred tensions between individuals and between sub-groups formed in opposition to each other. Such oppositions can be related to the so called narcissism of small differences and the refusal of otherness, because they appear in several dimensions of intergroup relations, especially those concerning the economic dimension and age of group members.

Keywords : ideal self; group; psychoanalysis; narcissism; otherness.

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