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Estudos e Pesquisas em Psicologia

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GURGEL, Veronica Torres  and  KASTRUP, Virginia. Resonances Between Enactive Approach and Clinical Psychology. Estud. pesqui. psicol. [online]. 2017, vol.17, n.3, pp. 1122-1139. ISSN 1808-4281.

This article aims to produce an intersection between the studies of Francisco Varela - which are included in the cognitive sciences field - and the clinical psychology. For that purpose, we make a brief historic of the cognitive sciences, so that we make it´s heterogeneity clear. By doing so, we attempt to establish the differences between the cognitivism and it´s clinical approach (that is, the CBT) and, on the other hand, the approach proposed by Varela and it´s possible resonances with a clinical psychology oriented by the subjectivity production studies. For that purpose, we will anchor our investigation Varela´s first researches - with his partner Humberto Maturana - and later on, when he formulated the enactive approach. Therefore, we will expose briefly the notions of autopoiesis, structural coupling, embodied learning and breakdown, which we will try to conect with Gilles Deleuze´s e Félix Guattari´s concepts of production of subjectivity, assemblage, territorialization and deterritorialization. By doing so, we align ourselves with other authors that have already started this dialog, such as Suely Rolnik (2007), Rogério da Costa (1993), Eduardo Passos and Regina Benevides de Barros (2000), Virginia Kastrup (1995; 2000), Jerusa Rocha (1998). Even Guattari (1992) himself has commented on the possibility of an intersection between these studies.

Keywords : enaction approach; production of subjectivity; clinical psychology.

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