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From actual neuroses to traumatic neuroses: Continuity and separation

This article discusses the vicissitudes of traumatic neurosis, based on Freud's contributions. We propose a line of continuity, without ignoring the points of division, between traumatic neuroses and actual neuroses, through a new reading of the dimension of "actual" in Freud, articulated with the notion of the compulsion to repeat. We broaden our understating of traumatic neuroses through the idea of the formation of enclaves, radical inner exteriority, that always tend to be present and "actual" in their compulsive repetition.

Traumatic neuroses; actual neuroses; enclave; compulsion to repeat


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