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Estudos de Psicologia (Campinas)

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MENCARELLI, Vera Lúcia  and  VAISBERG, Tânia Maria José Aiello. Shining the self: a non-conventional psychoanalytic experience. Estud. psicol. (Campinas) [online]. 2005, vol.22, n.4, pp. 415-423. ISSN 0103-166X.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0103-166X2005000400009.

The paper presents the narrative of a psychoanalytic experience in a special clinical setting with HIV positive patients. HIV positive patients are likely to experience high levels of suffering because of the diagnosis, the involvement, and the harshness of the treatment for their condition. The authors had sank a clinical setting that encompassed those people's existential suffering of. The clinical experience was inspired by the Winnicottian psychoanalysis. Using the ornamental candles crafting as a materiality mediator, i.e., as a patients' consultation method, the authors uses the playing activities as a paradigm of the clinical setting establishment, and the Squiggle game as a model. The aim of the paper is to demonstrate a project faithfully anchored in the psychoanalytic method, here understood as rupture/transformation of the unimaginable suffering field.

Keywords : non-conventional clinical setting; mediating materiality; psychoanalytic method; human suffering.

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