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New Psychoanalytic Dimensions From the Individual to the Institutions

New Psychoanalytic Dimensions From the Individual to the Institutions

Author(s): Henrique Guilherme Scatolin
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    In  a  conjuncture  in which psychoanalysis  still persists and  resists  the criticism of a paralyzed academy,  the book New Psychoanalytic Dimensions: From  the  Individual  to  the 
Institutions comes  to provide  the reader a new perspective of human uniqueness, from the micro level to the meso level. But what is  there in this book that comes to the reading of young readers? So, to answer this question, we will make a little tour from the individual (micro) to the institutional (meso).
    When I refer to the micro level in this book, I am alluding, in  a  first moment,  to  the male psychic  constitution  in  the Freudian work, a moment in which I resume the core concepts in the Sigmund Freud work for the understanding of the male uniqueness and subjectivity.
    Meanwhi le,   I  bring  from  the  French  psychoanalyst Piera Aulagnier  the postulates of  the originary, primary, and  secondary  for understanding  the psychic constitution, punctuat ing  this  book  from  the  discussion  of  the  “I” constitution. Although she  is a psychoanalyst  impregnated by the Lacanian conception, Aulagnier brings a unique legacy in her conception of  the originary concept, a process  in which precedes the primary of the Freudian theory. But what is there in  this process only a reading of her contributions, present  in this book, can reply it.
    Still  in  the micro or  individual  level,  this book discusses the  characteristics of obsessional neurosis present  in  the “ruminant”  thought of  the obsessive. For  this purpose,  it focuses on the archaic forms of this thought, such as animism and defense mechanisms  that  lies  in  the uniqueness of  this neurosis, making  the obsessional  thought analogous  to  the most  remote  infantile desires. Thus,  the obsessive  thinks, thinks, and thinks, but at the moment of acting, he is invaded by his uncertainties.  
    And  these are  the uncertainties,  the ambivalences, and  the entire dynamics of  the sadistic-anal  fixation, determinant of the obsessional  symptomatology, which will be  resumed  in a  singular analysis of a clinical case present at  the chapter dedicated  to  ambivalent manifestations  of  the  neurotic symptom. In  this chapter, I dedicate a special attention  to  the anal-sadistic phase  interconnected  to  the doubt  symptom. What do both have in common? All or nothing? 
    And  in  the  intricacies of Freudian neurosis, by  another bias,  I bring  the  famous conversion hysteria or  the hysteria itself, not  in a clinical case, but  rather  through contemporary 
reflections  from  the  phallic  logic  and  the  symptomatic positivity.  If,  in obsessional neurosis,  the  self-destructive impulses paralyze  the neurotics  in  their daily  ruminations,  in 
hysteria, in one side, it is the life impulse and the phallic logic that drives the hysteric in their object relations. Therefore, this article seeks  to “dismantle”  the hysterical symptom, building the desire in the etiology of this neurosis and showing another dynamics for its understanding.
    In  this book, when  addressing  the hysteria,  I  could not forget the narcissism and the body image formation. Thus, this book also brings a rereading of the neurologist Paul Schilder, providing a new vision of  the body  image constitution. If we start by the psychic constitution, we cannot relegate the body image constitution  to a second plan. So,  from a  rereading of the psychoanalytic work of Sigmund Freud, Schilder presents a new vision of the body image constitution.
    And, among  the various manifestations of  the personal order and  the micro,  this book brings  three articles dedicated to  the  individual manifestations  in  the  institutions and how these permeate  the  intuitional symptomatic  logic. So, at  this point, we will leave a micro logic and go to a meso logic that I designate as institutional.
    In  this  logic, you, dear  reader, may come across an article about  the  Institutional Psychology, specifically  in  the scope of  the prison unit. Observing  the  symptomatic  force  field that  is  created  in  a prison unit—object of  analysis  in  this article,  I point out  that  the  internal  relationships enable  the secondary benefts  from  the creation and strengthening of an institutional  symptom.  In  these mishaps,  in  these comings and goings, when discussing  the meso  level,  I  also bring the  contributions of  the book  Institutional Unconscious, organized by Baremblitt, highlighting  the contributions of the  II  International Symposium of Psychoanalysis  (which took place  in Rio de Janeiro,  in 1982)  for understanding  the institutional symptom. And in addition to the contributions of this symposium, this book ends with the Brazilian psychiatric reform movements. Although  it has  taken place on Brazilian soil,  the  infuences of  the  Italian Franco Basaglia contributed to the “deinstitutionalizations” that gained a particular format in every part of  this country  territory. Therefore,  for a better understanding of  this movement, which  resplends  the meso level  and  its  interfaces with  the micro, we will go  to  the reading of these new psychoanalytic dimensions.


Henrique Guilherme Scatolin

Holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the Methodist University of Piracicaba, a Master’s degree and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo. He has been serving as a psychotherapist with focus on psychoanalysis for 08 years and as an organizational consultant for 07 years. His email is [email protected].

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