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The profile of a monster: the subjective meaning of diagnosis
Author/s: Alberto Lorenzini 
Year:  2011 Issue: Language: Italian 
Pages:  13 Pg. 43-55 FullText PDF:  606 KB
DOI:  10.3280/RPR2011-003004
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From a psychoanalytical point of view, a diagnosis of mental disorder represents an ambiguous and paradoxical task. From this vantage point, in fact, the essence of any psychopathology consists in itself in having taken up an external reifying view on one’s interiority. Psychoanalytical treatment should reverse this diagnostic tendency that patients have developed on themselves in order to recover the "subjective meaning" of diagnosis. When this operation succeeds, patients improve not because they can correct their symptoms but because, with the disappearance of the preconditions of symptoms, they can de-concretize them and recover their own selves.
Keywords: Diagnosis, symptom, concretisation, prereflective consciousness, unheimlich, self-acknowledgment

Alberto Lorenzini, The profile of a monster: the subjective meaning of diagnosis in "RICERCA PSICOANALITICA" 3/2011, pp. 43-55, DOI:10.3280/RPR2011-003004


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