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GONDAR, Jô  e  ANTONELLO, Diego Frichs. The analyst as a witness. Psicol. USP [online]. 2016, vol.27, n.1, pp.16-23. ISSN 1678-5177.

The aim of this article is to think of the place of the witness as a third place that the analyst, in the clinic of trauma, is able to sustain. According to Ferenczi, in traumatic dreams a third is already being summoned. It is not the witness of the realm of Law, nor the place of the father or the symbolic Law. This is a third space that can be called potential, interstitial space, indeterminate and formless, where something that at first would be incommunicable circulates - and gradually takes shape. This space allows and supports the literalness of a testimonial narrative, its hesitations, paradoxes and silences. More than a trauma theory, the notion of a potential space would be the great contribution of psychoanalysis to the theoretical and clinical research with survivors of death camps, situations of torture and violence.

Palavras-chave : trauma; witness; potential space; clinic; psychoanalysis.

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