Abstract: This paper sheds light on the connections between the exploration of psychic truth and identity construction, going through the processes of historicization and affectivation, specific to the analytic process. The main theoretical setting revolves around the view of M. de M’Uzan on the archaic beginnings of identity formation. As metaphorical illustration, the evolution of a character from the novel Group Portrait with Lady by Heinrich Böll is set forth.

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