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Psicologia: Teoria e Pesquisa

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NEUBERN, Maurício da Silva. Psychotherapy, pain and complexity: building the therapeutic context. Psic.: Teor. e Pesq. [online]. 2010, vol.26, n.3, pp. 515-523. ISSN 0102-3772.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-37722010000300014.

The present study has the dual purpose of presenting the conception of pain as a complex and subjective process, but also referring to psychotherapy as a resource for redefining the influence of the context that surpasses the experience of pain. By analyzing three cases studies of patients with chronic pain, we observed the complexity of their experience pervaded by cultural, biological, social, personal and historical process, as well as the ways in which psychotherapy provided significant changes in the insertion of subjects in their respective relational contexts. It is highlighted the importance of the psychotherapist's role in the deconstruction of inadequate narratives and in the understanding of pain as a subjective process linked to the subject and his social world.

Keywords : psychotherapy; pain; complexity; subjectivity; context.

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