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Latin American Journal of Fundamental Psychopathology On Line

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BESSET, Vera Lopes. Mourning and melancholia: questions about the object. Lat. Am. j. fundam. psychopathol. on line [online]. 2007, vol.4, n.2, pp. 185-192. ISSN 1677-0358.

In his text on mourning and melancholia, Freud states that in general, mourning is a reaction face to a loss of an important object. Some people react to that, with mourning and others with melancholia, as Freud emphatizes. On this moment, it becomes interesting for the author, the knowledge of how it happens. We are interested in research why, in some cases, some individuals present anguish instead of presenting mourning or melancholia, as a reaction to an object's loss. In these cases - we focalize one in particular in the present text - our hypothesis is that the loss unveils what love has maintained veiled. According to the lacanian premise, anguish is an affect that does not deceive. Thus, we interrogate ourselves about the object's statute in this loss. Is it about a loss of a love object or, as it is possible to suppose, is about losing a jouissance position, losing a pulsional satisfaction?

Palavras-chave : Mourning; Anguish; Love; Object.

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