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Revista Latinoamericana de Psicopatologia Fundamental

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FIGUEIREDO, Luís Claudio. O caso-limitee as sabotagens do prazer. Rev. latinoam. psicopatol. fundam. [online]. 2000, vol.3, n.2, pp.61-87. ISSN 1984-0381.

What comes next was based on different points of view, as the one from André Green who emphasized the concept of “limit” as an operating factor of the psychoanalytic thought and who pointed at and studied the basic anxieties present in borderline cases. Then I shall use other authors who agree between them, when pointing at a basic problematic area in the so called borderline cases: it is the area of an-structuring (Bergeret) or the area of lack of Ego cohesion (Meissner). I shall be also taking into consideration the formulations by Kernberg and Horner about the oscillatory patterns in these patients’ s affectivity.

I do suggest that theories from Federn and Fairbairn although very different in their conceptions and presuppositions about psychic life, should be used for a better comprehension of the problems related to the constitution of the subjectivity of borderline patients. Based on a short text from Pontalis, I propose an articulation between federnian and fairbairnian ideas with some aspects of Freud’s theory. I shall then raise some questions about the difficulty that such patients (borderline) have to engage in pleasure situations and to become able to go through and sustain a state of satisfaction.

Keywords : Borderline; narcisssism; squizoid condition; Federn; Fairbairn.

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