Rom J Psychoanal 2017, 10(2) :53-84
doi: 10.26336/rjp.2017-1002-5

Abstract: Identity, seen not as a result or as a final construction that allows us to identify an individual trough differentiation, but as a process, or rather as a series of processes, gives us access to the various ways of managing, of working through the amorphous entity of drives, for dynamic structures and mental changes. The modalities involved, the shapes accessed during these processes, are those through which contact, communication and the supplying of information occurs. These are practically the sensorial modalities, those which may be flooded with too much contact, interaction, information and nourishment, or, on the contrary, not be provided with enough. Each situation of the “too much” or “not enough” places us inside the area of the potentially traumatic experiences or even inside a traumatic experience itself. The difference could be made by the manner in which the experience can be worked over and worked through or transformed. The answer to the question on how we handle this process of transforming the “too much” and the “too little” could be one of the keys to unlocking a path of understanding the dynamics present in the processes of identity construction, especially when the potentially traumatic experiences are milestones for the unfolding of those processes.

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