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Psicologia Clínica

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MALDONADO, Gabriela  and  CARDOSO, Marta Rezende. The psychical trauma and the paradox of the impossible but necessary narrations. Psicol. clin. [online]. 2009, vol.21, n.1, pp.45-57. ISSN 0103-5665.

In this paper we examine the strict articulation between trauma and the "unsayable", taking into account that in the light of the latest Freudian contributions, the traumatic, understood as drive excess, would be situated beyond the capacity of psychical representation. For that, we analyze some central features of psychoanalytical theorizing on trauma, related to its "untransmissible" dimension. From that perspective, trauma constitutes an experience that exceeds the psychical capacity to appropriate and to repress. Our aim is to point out that the idea of an impossible, though absolutely necessary, narration - central axis of this paper - appears to fit the unsayable pain introduced by the traumatic experience, and makes essential the paradoxical task of narrating it.

Keywords : trauma; psychoanalysis; representation; narration; memory.

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