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BARUS-MICHEL, Jacqueline  and  CAMPS, Christiane. Sofrimento e perda de sentido: considerações psicossociais e clínicas. Psic [online]. 2003, vol.4, n.1, pp. 54-71. ISSN 1676-7314.

In this article, Jacqueline Barus-Michel examines suffering, which she considers as being both moral and physical. She discuss the different relationship between this concept and others. She begins by approaching the relationships among suffering, trauma and violence and later she discusses suffering and pleasure. The author emphasizes the existential suffering of the question of 'being' in the world, establishing the notion that religions and ideologies act as sponges of suffering: when facing the questioning regarding sense, ideologies and religions are able to give people an answer. It is also discussed the relationship between this issue and culture. Suffering is experienced as unhappiness, indisposition, disorder and injustice. It depends on the social and cultural environment, as well as on its strength, richness and solidity. The author approaches the psychosocial dimension, pointing out that the one who suffers in the confluence of the exterior reality and the subjectivity, of the individual and the social; injustice concentrates the social suffering. All this enables us to compare the social-political, individual and collective suffering. Finally, the author discusses alternatives to suffering, concluding that it is necessary to face it as an expression of the individual's indisposition.

Keywords : Suffering; Indisposition; Subjectivity; Individual dimension; Social dimension.

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