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LEONIDAS, Carolina  and  SANTOS, Manoel Antônio dos. SYMBIOTIC ILLUSION AND FEMALE IDENTITY CONSTRUCTION IN EATING DISORDERS: A PSYCHOANALYTICAL PSYCHOSOMATICS’ PERSPECTIVE. Ágora (Rio J.) [online]. 2020, vol.23, n.1, pp.84-93.  Epub Jan 24, 2020. ISSN 1809-4414.

This study aims primarily to reflect on the role of symbiotic illusion in the construction of female identity in women with eating disorders (ED), using premises from psychoanalytic psychosomatics. Considering ED as psychopathologies related to the affective economy, Oedipal relations play crucial role in the process of identity constitution. Mother-daughter relationships in ED are shaped in the molds of symbiotic illusion, with weak father figures. We presented a case study to briefly illustrate the theoretical framework. The omissive posture of a father to interdict the symbiotic relation leads daughters to find themselves unable to libidinally invest in other objects.

Keywords : eating disorders; psychoanalytic psychosomatics; mother-child relations; symbiotic illusion; female identity.

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