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Jevremović, P. (2019). Considering Life and Death in Psychoanalysis. Am. J. Psychoanal., 79(2):196-211.

(2019). American Journal of Psychoanalysis, 79(2):196-211

Considering Life and Death in Psychoanalysis

Petar Jevremović, Ph.D.

Psychoanalytic therapy is not supposed to cure man from death, nor to help him forget about it. It is supposed to deal with the soul, and it is up to the soul to deal with death. Death is actually not an issue for psychoanalytic therapy—its only problem can be the soul. On the other hand, only for the soul is death an authentic problem. Only the soul can authentically bring death into question. Psychoanalysis has indebted humanity by finding the strength and critical prudence in a crucial moment for civilization to remove the veil of prohibition and shame from sexuality, which had been repressed for centuries. Today, sexuality is no longer repressed (it may be even too present in the media for some)—but death became repressed. This paper considers death as an essential topic for psychoanalysis.

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