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Symptoms of Normality: Boundaries, Identity, And Symbolisation

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A significant part of psychic suffering is connected to the contemporary sociocultural crisis. The impressive transformations that have taken place in recent decades have led to a different and more complex organisation of needs and of the social and emotional life. On the psychic level, a diminished capacity for symbolic representation and a profound disorientation in processes of subjectivation have been observed. Couple crises frequently reveal the fragility of the link in its constituent aspects where individuals appear to have difficulty in forming intersubjective contracts. The function of the couple psychotherapist becomes essential in rooting the relationship within a more meaningful and profound psychic dimension.


Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 2023

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