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Thispaper aims to bring contributions from psychoanalysis to the debate aboutautism. We assume that while working with the autistic it is imperative tosingle out each case and not to seek out a standardized approach, based on a previousknowledge. The therapist oriented by psychoanalysis starts to work from a pointof view where stereotyped or seemingly bizarre behaviors are taken as aresource used by the subject to protect himself from the invasion experiencedin his relationship with others. The treatment, therefore, would not seek toeliminate such behaviors, but to promote the elaboration, on the autistic part,of a way of his own to belong in the world, as we will be able to follow in theexposition of a clinical case in which the subject makes use of objects in aunique manner to mediate his relationship with the other and promote his socialinteraction.

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Psychoanalysis, Autism, Social Interaction

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Freire, A. & Malcher, F. 2014. What Autists Can Teach Us about Social Interactions and How Psychoanalytic Treatment Can Contribute to It. Psychology, 5, 1350-1354. doi: 10.4236-psych.2014.511145.





Author: Ana Beatriz Freire, Fabio Malcher

Source: http://www.scirp.org/



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