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Analytica: Revista de Psicanálise

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GASPARETTO, Marco Antonio; RIBEIRO, Mário Sérgio  e  SIMANKE, Richard Theisen. The Mental Automatism in the Clérambault's psychiatric work. Analytica [online]. 2018, vol.7, n.13, pp. 161-178. ISSN 2316-5197.

The aim of the present paper is to carry out a literature review about the concept of Mental Automatism through Gaëtan Gatian de Clérambault's papers and conference proceedings. Firstly, he was considered as an anachronistic and marginal thinker due the narrow constitutionalism of his ideas in comparison to the dynamism of the psychiatry at that time. However, the interest of the literature about his works returns after the reverence shown by his former student Jacques Lacan. Clérambault indicates the Mental Automatism as one of the psychosis' first stages and he has characterized it as mechanical, athematic and anideic, being explained only by an initial organic process. Nonetheless, Clérambault's ideas enable Lacan to construct a doctrine about its elementary phenomenon, which became one of the essential points of the Lacanian concept of psychosis. At the end, two main conclusions are achieved: a) the research of this subject through the psychoanalysis' perspective prevented that some important psychopathologic' descriptions developed by Clérambault about this Syndrome had been forgotten; and b) that the Mental Automatism Syndrome should have an important room in the history of the psychiatry thinking.

Palavras-chave : Mental Automatism; Clérambault; Psychiatry; Psychoanalysis; History.

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