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TOSTES, Guilherme Wykrota; ASSIS, Natália Del Ponte de; VAISBERG, Tânia Maria José Aiello  e  CORBETT, Elisa. Sharping pain: emotional suffering from teenage girls. Contextos Clínic [online]. 2018, vol.11, n.2, pp. 257-267. ISSN 1983-3482.

This research aims at investigating the experience lived by teenage girls who cut themselves, a symptom of emotional distress that has had social visibility nowadays and caused concern among mental health professionals. This is a qualitative research that uses the psychoanalytic method to study some blog posts signed by eight teenage girls who identify themselves as practitioners of self-injurious acts. The reading and the re-reading of the material, in a state of floating attention, allowed the production of two fields of affective-emotional meaning: "Devoid of affection" and "Crime and punishment". The general picture indicates that these people inhabit an imaginary hostile world, marked by the experience of a persecutory guilty caused by the lack of affection, care, and consideration, pointing out that fundamental requirements in the constitution of the personality are not being satisfactorily contemplated.

Palavras-chave : self-harm; suffering; teenager.

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