The paper presents the main characteristics of individual psychic life as a normative-thinking life. Starting from Freud, who called 'drive' the “psychical representative of an endosomatic continuously flowing source of stimulation” , we will arrive at the definition of Giacomo Contri, who identifies it as a real “law of motion” of the human body. It is the first constitutional occurrence, which ensures the representance of the somatic in the psychic at the beginning of life. The entry into psychopathology will be marked by a fall that throws the first representance into a crisis: repression (Verdrängung) occurs when the drive motion “hits” (stößt) resistance; the subject gives up his entitlement so as to avoid displeasure, paying for the failure in terms of inhibition, symptoms and anguish. Repression is configured as an act comparable to an offense, in which another pathogen can be blamed as “accomplice”. The analytic treatment will aim the reconstitution of individual entitlement.
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