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ILARIO, Enidio  and  TERZIS, Antonios. The dialectical structuralism, psychoanalysis and the birth of group psychotherapy. Psicol. rev. (Belo Horizonte) [online]. 2016, vol.22, n.1, pp. 14-30. ISSN 1677-1168.

The present study aims to show the richness of the group analytic approach, which includes many sources that are forgotten and even constitutive of psychoanalysis. Such sources are amalgamated in the Freudian construct and form an articulated whole, which tends to obscure their importance. Among these sources are German Idealism, American Pragmatism and Structuralism, the last two emerging at the time of Freud, himself a contemporary of Peirce and Saussure. From this matrix of ideas, the notion of alterity in the sense of recognition stands out as influencing a generation of psychoanalysts, including those in the early twentieth century concerned with groups and belonging to the so-called school of object-relations theory. It is conjectured in this study that the disquiet and dissatisfaction of these authors with the limitations of existing models (including metapsychology) as a means of explanation or of even understanding of groupality phenomena, has contributed, along with other areas of knowledge such as structuralism and cybernetics, to the development of the contemporary transdisciplinary project of cognitive science

Keywords : Group; Object-relations; Alterity; Dialectics; Structuralism.

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