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ALMEIDA, Bruno Prates  and  ALBERTINI, Paulo. The notion of armor in the work of Wilhelm Reich: publications from 1920 to 1933. Psicol. USP [online]. 2014, vol.25, n.2, pp.134-143. ISSN 0103-6564.

This essay investigates the notion of armor in the first 13 years - from 1920 to 1933 - of the work of the analyst Wilhelm Reich (1897-1957), a period in which the author was connected to the International Psychoanalytical Association. The leading question was: what is (are) the meaning(s) of armor in Reich's thought? As to method, we have made a research in the writings of the then psychoanalyst according to the chronological sequence of his publications. Results: a) the armor is mentioned for the first time in 1922, in the essay "Two Narcissistic Types", in indication to a defense associated with character neurosis; b) at first, the armor was conceived in relation to the psychic field, but then slowly began to be addressed as part of the somatic field as well; c) aimed at having a protective function, the armor is something natural and inevitable, but as a structure it may end up harming the contact with the inside and the outside, besides affecting the subject's libidinal regulation.

Keywords : Wilhelm Reich; 1897-1957; armor; narcissistic armor; character armor; psychoanalysis.

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