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Hysteria in Psychoanalysis – from Symptom to Discourse. (Hysterical and Psychoanalyst – a (non) love affair)


Authors:
Milena Motsinova-Brachkova St. Cyril and St. Methodius University of Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

Pages: 11-20

Abstract:

Hysteria offers a particularly appropriate discourse for bringing out the unconscious, since its symptoms show how, through conversion, mental suffering manifests itself as bodily. Analytical work creates a transfer clinic and relies on a specific use of the word, which leads to unexpected findings. The development of the psychoanalytic approach today makes it clear that in order to understand hysteria, it must not be equated with femininity. The main issue of the hysterical subject is actually the issue of gender difference. Lacanian psychoanalysis introduces the idea of giving up the body in hysteria and associates the hysterical symptom with a lack of identification.

Keywords:

hysteria; mental defenses; somatization; trauma theory; phantasm; Тhe name-of-the Father.

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