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MARQUES, Rodrigo Vieira. From the paternal complex to the maternal experience: rethinking the "negative reactions" in the psychoanalytic clinic. Gerais, Rev. Interinst. Psicol. [online]. 2021, vol.14, n.2, pp. 1-22. ISSN 1983-8220.

In this article, we intend to present the psychoanalytic notion of negative therapeutic reaction. It starts from the readings of J. Rivière and J.-B. Pontalis about this concept in Freud, in particular, in the metapsychological constructions of "The Ego and the Id", in which the Freudian notion of negative therapeutic reaction comes from an "unconscious guilt" and from an attack on the progress of psychoanalytic work. Then, we discuss some Kleinian ideas in this regard, articulated by J. Rivière, especially the refusal to introjection due to the fear of anguish arising from the depressive position and, therefore, the omnipotent refusal of a psychic reality. Finally, we reflect on the Pontalis' hypothesis of the importance of the "maternal experience", revived in the transference, which can contribute to broaden the clinical understanding of this reaction.

Keywords : Negative therapeutic reaction; Paternal complex; Maternal experience; Psychoanalytic clinic.

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