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Revista de Psicologia da UNESP

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CAMPOS, Érico Bruno Viana. Remarks about death and mourning as understood by psychoanalysis. Rev. Psicol. UNESP [online]. 2013, vol.12, n.1, pp.13-24. ISSN 1984-9044.

This paper presents the basic trends by which psychoanalytical thought understands the subject of death and mourning: the melancholic identification and the death instinct. The implications of these concepts to the comprehension of death and mourning are discussed, specially showing that the death instinct, differently than a wish to die, must be understood as a traumatic potentiality to the psychic apparatus, which needs to be bound and represented. In this sense, it is argued that the narcissist personality configurations in place on post-modernity lead to violence explosion on the field of culture. One of the results of this process can be traced in the lack of psychic elaboration work of mourning and death, which demonstrate the relevance of the definition of “wide-open death” as a social representation of death nowadays.

Palabras clave : Death; Grief; Identification (Psychoanalysis); Death Instinct.

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