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Psicologia Clínica

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SILVA, Alinne Nogueira  and  BASTOS, Angélica. Anorexia: a pseudo-separation in the light of the impasses on alienation and separation. Psicol. clin. [online]. 2006, vol.18, n.1, pp.97-107. ISSN 0103-5665.

This paper discusses the anorexia present in the cases of neurosis and is aimed at detecting the difficulties that psychoanalysis faces when the subjects refuse to be fed. According to a theoretical-clinical approach, the article starts from the anorexic symptom as it is presented in the phenomena level and investigates its articulation with the structural level of neurotic fantasy. It is assumed that anorexia, more than a refusal of eating, is reassured as "eating nothing". So, an investigation is taken about this "nothing" as it is here understood as an object. In order to classify this kind of object, we have turned to the Lacanian theory of subject constitution according to the operations of alienation and separation. In this situation, the fantasy of disappearance is examined, success and the impasse of separation are discussed when it is established at the cost of an anorexic strategy.

Keywords : psychoanalysis; anorexia; nothing; separation; subject; desire.

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