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ALVIM, Mônica Botelho; BOMBEN, Emmanuela  e  CARVALHO, Natália. Retroflection and contemporaneity. Rev. abordagem gestalt. [online]. 2010, vol.16, n.2, pp. 183-188. ISSN 1809-6867.

Our purpose in this paper is to assess a debate regarding retroflection as a constant contact interruption in contemporanity. We intend to approach the subject in question by taking Gestalt-therapy as main theoretical reference and evoking authors whom exam contemporanity, such as Guy Debord and Stuart Hall. Retroflection is understood as an interruption of the creative adjustment that obstructs contact when it comes to interaction, which means, the individual dismiss contact with others, instead of interacting he turns to himself the energy that would otherwise flow to the relation. This dynamic seems to evolve a kind of individualism present and valued in contemporanity world: self-sufficiency, self-control, permanent urge for activity and being busy, belief that others are not available and therefore: “I must solve my problems on my own, I can handle it alone”. The power of achievement and success create part of the contemporanity set, which detains the consumerism - a vehicle for spectacle - that disguise the emptiness and loneliness.

Palavras-chave : Retroflection; Contemporanity; Gestalt-therapy.

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