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Korol, L. (2005). 20 Years is not long enough. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 86(4):975-991.

(2005). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 86(4):975-991

20 Years is not long enough

Lucía Korol

The author presents some Latin American sociopolitical vicissitudes exemplified by Argentina, where she lives and where she trained and practices as a psychoanalyst. The exposition is based on the impact that her experience with two patients, Ana and Juana, had on her, and is presented in the form of clinical vignettes. The author reflects clinically and technically on the transference and countertransference and on the ways in which self-analysis enabled her to distinguish between the countertransference related to the patient and that related to the psychoanalyst. Finally, the author discusses the traumatic effects of ‘the human condition’, ‘social violence’ and ‘Evil’, referring specifically to the ‘repetitive trauma’ individuals experience under the globalization of terror and to the use of mechanisms of disavowal that result in serious splitting. The author confronts the reader with totalitarian terror as something that attacks and destroys the main constitutive characteristic of human beings, namely, their ability to think, remarking that H. Arendt is the one who speaks about ‘radical evil’ as ‘the banality of Evil’. The author addresses the question of whether by tempering aggression and organizing levels of symbolization ‘words’ might prevent the emergence of ‘pure jouissance’ and be more powerful and significant than violence, overriding it.

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