Body and identity: reflections about life after amputation

Gabriela Bruno Galván Maria Lúcia Toledo Moraes Amiralian About the authors

The amputation of a limb may be considered a traumatic event in the face of the sudden changes in a person's life. This article introduces reflections arising from the psychological care given to amputees as a result of any type of accident. The purpose is to reflect about the psychological consequences related to the sudden change in bodily dimensions. It is also an attempt to comprehend the kind of disturbance suffered by this physical loss and how it is linked to the path all individuals tread over the course of the development, with particular regard for identity and psychosomatic integration. For this purpose, Winnicottian Psychoanalysis is used as the theoretical basis, more specifically, the creation of the self in the individual development theory.

Amputation; Psychoanalysis; Winnicott

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