Revista de Psiquiatria do Rio Grande do Sul
versão impressa ISSN 0101-8108
DIAS, Fernando Machado Vilhena; CANO-PRAIS, Hugo Alejandro; KEHDY, Sérgio e TEIXEIRA, Antônio Lúcio. A pathological gambler by Dostoyevsky. Rev. psiquiatr. Rio Gd. Sul [online]. 2008, vol.30, n.3, pp. 236-240. ISSN 0101-8108. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0101-81082008000400013.
Dostoyevsky's book, "The gambler," describes a representative case of pathological gambling. The history of the main character, Aleksei Ivanovitch, shows the typical evolution of the disorder in three well defined phases: profits, losses and despair. Based on Freud's concept of narcissism and the concepts of the self psychology by Heinz Kohut, Donald Winnicott and Wilfred Bion, the contributions of psychoanalysis to the understanding of pathological gambling are discussed.
Palavras-chave : Pathological gambling; Dostoyevsky; psychoanalysis; narcissism.