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Psicologia em Pesquisa

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BULAMAH, Lucas  and  KUPERMANN, Daniel. The winnicottian true self and the question of identity. Psicol. pesq. [online]. 2020, vol.14, n.1, pp. 169-188. ISSN 1982-1247.

The notion of identity has been critically addressed by many theories inspired by the Freudian decentering of the subject, aligned to the so-called post-structuralism. In this paper, we investigate the winnicottian true self, proposing an alternative to the positioning of Winnicott as an antagonist of the deconstruction operated by the post-structuralist approach to identities. Associated to the notion of the incommunicable core self as an instance unavailable to the relationship with objective objects, the true self emerges both as a representative of a primordial experience of indeterminacy, in which the distinction between I and other are fundamentally excluded, and also as an instance resistant to the identitarian determination, characteristic of the relationship with objective objects.

Keywords : Psychoanalytic theory; Postmodernity; Self.

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