La notion de kakon . Histoire et enjeux psychopathologiques

Abstract : This paper examines the history of the notion of kakon and its psychopathological implications based on the works of three researchers. The notion emerged at the end of the 1910s from the studies of neurologist Constantin von Monakow on the biological features and the liberating effects of hysterical attacks and psychotic crisis. This notion later found a place in the new era of the dynamic psychiatry thanks to two French psychiatrists, Paul Guiraud and Jacques Lacan. The first used it in 1931 in the frame of his research on murders without motives. From 1932, the second psychiatrist referred to it four times, finding in it the basis of a logic of the act according to which the subject, while hitting the other, is trying to touch oneself (1946). Whereas the notion of kakon seems to have been forgotten nowadays in the neurological field, it continues to shed light on the clinical approach to the act, as several recent publications have shown.
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Yohan Trichet. La notion de kakon . Histoire et enjeux psychopathologiques. Bulletin de psychologie, Groupe d'étude de psychologie, 2012, 520 (4), pp.365-378. ⟨10.3917/bupsy.520.0365⟩. ⟨hal-01728289⟩

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