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MATTAR, Cristine Monteiro. Psychology in dark times: the awakening of the sleeping beauty. Arq. bras. psicol. [online]. 2020, vol.72, n.spe, pp. 18-32. ISSN 1809-5267.

The text raises the debate about the constitution of psychology in Brazil, pointing to its bases imported from countries with realities quite different from those found here, in social and economic as well as historical, cultural and racial aspects. Psychology since 1962 has been based on models that rarely take into account the context in which it finds itself: a country that lays its foundations on slavery, prejudice, violence, the 20 years of a truculent military dictatorship, exclusion, mass incarceration and the extermination of indigenous and black populations, murders of homosexuals and transsexuals. In the current scenario, which intensifies aspects always present here and dismantles the strategies of their confrontation, it is urgent to rethink the practices and psychological knowledge producers and breeders of colonial subjectivities, in times that, paraphrasing Hannah Arendt, announce themselves as dark, but at the same time challenge psychology, especially clinical, to awaken from their sleep and enchanted dreams.

Palabras clave : Psychology; Brazilian reality; Subjectivity; Racism.

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