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Nociforo, N. (2017). The Invasion of Reality (Or of Negotiation): The Psychoanalytic Ethic and Extinction Anxiety. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 98(5):1311-1332.

(2017). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 98(5):1311-1332

Interdisciplinary Papers

The Invasion of Reality (Or of Negotiation): The Psychoanalytic Ethic and Extinction Anxiety

Nicola Nociforo

(Accepted for publication 20 July 2016)

Extinction anxiety is the expression used to describe a pervasive and ever more realistic sense of futurelessness. A group emotion characterized by terror of the extinction of the human race, the family, or professional or shared cultural group, it grips the individual with a sense of desperation and impotence through the internal groups present in the mind of every individual. The contribution presented here aims to demonstrate how extinction anxiety has also infected psychoanalysts and psychoanalytic institutions, thereby seriously weakening the ethics of psychoanalysis. The term ethics here should not be confused with morals, but is intended as the happiness that is derived from the capacity to be responsible for one's self and one's own professional identity. The contagion of extinction anxiety has, in fact, accentuated the crisis of psychoanalysts and their faith in psychoanalysis. The author relates a particularly tormented clinical experience in order to show how only the relationship with psychoanalysis and its capacity to interpret the manifestations of the unconscious, enables the recognition of the effects of what he defines as a true invasion of reality, thus restoring to thought the power to establish a deep, transformative, and fecund relationship between internal and external reality.

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