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Setting (un)linking: a historical and psychoanalytic study

Grant number: 13/09607-5
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): July 01, 2013
Effective date (End): December 31, 2013
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Psychology
Principal Investigator:Mary Yoko Okamoto
Grantee:Mariana Antunes
Host Institution: Faculdade de Ciências e Letras (FCL-ASSIS). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Assis. Assis , SP, Brazil


This research project aims to reflect and analyze the ideal of love that permeates the search for the relationships of couples in contemporary times. It adopts a historical perspective to understand the psychoanalytic and social ideal of love and the (un) emotional bonds nowadays. This is theoretical and bibliographical research on the understanding of the current settings of the search for love and their historical constitution. The analysis uses psychoanalytic theory as a theoretical and methodological framework for the understanding of human subjectivity and emotional bond. To achieve the proposed objectives, the route taken is the historical context of the models of love, as well as psychoanalytic discussions about the couple and setting linking. Current studies indicate the incessant search for wholeness through loving relationships based on the model of romantic love, which is therefore idealized and without conflicts, valued as a synonym for happiness, and as the only one capable of producing healthy relationships. In contrast, we live a time characterized by ties ever faster and unstable. Such features can coexist and join a crisis of contemporary marriage. (AU)

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