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Estudos e Pesquisas em Psicologia

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MARCOS, Cristina Moreira  and  RIGUINI, Renata Damiano. Elements for a clinical reinterpretation of the concept of narcissism from the relationship between anorexia and melancholy. Estud. pesqui. psicol. [online]. 2017, vol.17, n.3, pp. 1217-1233. ISSN 1808-4281.

In 1914, Freud says that the narcissism is an essential operation for which the subject constitutes an ego and a body. The clinical experience highlights the difficulties and obstacles for this necessary psychic action become satisfactorily concluded in schizophrenia, paranoia, melancholy or in hysteria. With Freud, we understand that the constitution of the own body as something to be achieved. Is already present in Freudian metapsychology the idea according to which the subject has with his body a relationship of exteriority and that he needs to take ownership of his body. The anorexia and the melancholy show the difficulties of this operation. With Lacan, the problem of anorexia cannot be reduced to a narcissi-imaginary fragility. From there, an imaginary dimension should only be considered in relation with the Other and the enjoyment. A clinical case allows us to check that the anorexia can operate as imaginary temping in one case of melancholy.

Keywords : narcissism; anorexia; melancholy.

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