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Revista Latinoamericana de Psicopatologia Fundamental

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CANONGIA, Ana Irene  and  BERLINCK, Manoel Tosta. A life moved by commotion. Rev. latinoam. psicopatol. fundam. [online]. 2010, vol.13, n.1, pp.16-30. ISSN 1415-4714.

This paper discusses the initial work of constructing a "skin of words" in a case where a patient made scratches on her arms - which she called "jabbing" or "poking". She would scratch herself to the edge of pain, which she called a commotion. This "commotion pain" was understood as a manifestation of the life drive, with the action directed toward separation, individuation and the confirmation of another different from herself.

Keywords : Skin scratches; commotion; life drive; separation.

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