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The body and narcissistic formations: an initial theoretical exploration of the image problem in J.-David Nasio and Sylvie Le Poulichet

Grant number: 19/15551-9
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): November 01, 2019
Effective date (End): February 17, 2020
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Philosophy
Principal Investigator:Josiane Cristina Bocchi
Grantee:Fabrício Ephraim Gusmão Renzi
Home Institution: Faculdade de Ciências (FC). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Bauru. Bauru , SP, Brazil


This project falls within the field of psychoanalytic theorizations and the relations between the body and the psychic economy. It's not exactly psychosomatic research. This work proposes to investigate a theoretical conceptual research on the narcissistic formations and their relations with the body domain. The concept of narcissism is little explored by classical psychosomatic theories. This work proposes a survey on the statute of the body image, based on a extraction of specific texts by the production of two contemporary French psychoanalysts: J-D. Nasio and Sylvie Le Poulichet. The objective is to conduct a conceptual exploration on the problem of the narcissistic image and its relation with the body through the presentation and discussion of the concepts of identification and castration in J.-David Nasio, whose works are representative as to the role of the image for the subjective constitution of the self and the narcissistic formations that affect the body. A pre-established bibliographic survey of texts by J.David Nasio and Sylvie Le Poulichet will be investigated. Le Poulichet has interlocutions with some works of Nasio and provides elements to think of the body as excess (drive), as a counterpoint to the reading of Nasio of the body image. It is hoped to extract elements to think the problem of the image of the body in an affective-tensional scope and not just imagery. To understand this fundamentals may aid in the intervention in cases of narcissistic-deadly configurations. These narcissistic configurations are very present in contemporary forms of psychic suffering, such as severe somatic illness, borderline personalities and in their desubjectivated relation with the body and the affectivity of the corporal experience.