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Morin, C. Thibierge, S. Bruguière, P. Pradat-Diehl, P. Mazevet, D. (2005). “Daughter-Somatoparaphrenia” in Women with Right-Hemisphere Syndrome: A Psychoanalytic Perspective on Neurological Body Knowledge Disorders. Neuropsychoanalysis, 7(2):171-184.

(2005). Neuropsychoanalysis, 7(2):171-184

“Daughter-Somatoparaphrenia” in Women with Right-Hemisphere Syndrome: A Psychoanalytic Perspective on Neurological Body Knowledge Disorders

Catherine Morin, Stéphane Thibierge, Pascale Bruguière, Pascale Pradat-Diehl and Dominique Mazevet

Disorders of discourse and behavior-in particular anosognosia and somatoparaphrenia-may be associated with body schema neurological disorders in the right-hemisphere syndrome (RHS). From a psychoanalytic point of view, the content of the patient's discourse may be considered an alteration of the unified conception an individual has of him/herself—that is, of what Lacan called specular image. After presenting the specificities of the Lacanian conception of specular image, we consider its heuristic value in the RHS field, based on three detailed observations of women with anosognosia and hemineglect. Each of the three patients personified her paralyzed hand as being or belonging to a daughter, whether real or imagined. We propose considering this symptom as a disclosure of the object (in the accepted psychoanalytic meaning of the term) that is normally repressed. We briefly discuss how these observations indirectly shed light on the mind-brain problem.

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