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MONTEIRO, Marli Piva. New challenges to psychoanalysis. Cogito [online]. 2012, vol.13, pp.27-31. ISSN 1519-9479.

The new psychoanalyst is overwhelmed by the new events and facts he has to face and is argued about nowadays. What may happens inside a suicide bomber’s mind ? Why does he react so decisively and stubbornly in his search for death as an inevitable aim? What is in the target a mother makes a child seek, as a mysterious total and absolute object of desire? What is so attractive in being an out of law and a transgressor? Besides a reward in heaven, is there an irresistible distinction on earth? Destructiveness seems to be felt as an overwhelming power that guarantees a special honor to themselves and their families - something that surpasses mother’s love and care. There must be a difference between other types of suicide and such a violent one. Trying to make a co-relation with the death instinct, a French psychoanalyst, André Green developed the theory of negative narcissism - a narcissism of death instead of the narcissism of life, the first one involving a “desobjectalizing” function that may explain the suitable circumstances and irresistible environment which enable the emergence of such events. The narcissism of death sets the trend to the zero point - the point where there is no excitation. It works as the hidden part of narcissism of life in which we may identify a series of signs, but the death instinct though quiet and mute and even not acceptable by many psychoanalysts is still there.

Palavras-chave : suicide bombers; suicide; narcisism of death; narcisism of life; ideal ego; ideal of the ego.

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