Rom J Psychoanal 2022, 15(1):108-118
DOI: 10.2478/rjp-2022-0009

Abstract: This article explores the representational power of the myth put forward by Freud in his work „Totem and tabu” as well as its function in establishing the evolution towards language and henceforth humanity, understood as the ability to contain the violence of the primitive drives by binding them. It also examines the parallel between the inner (psychosis) and the outer limits (totalitarianism, burnout) of this process and it questions possible solutions for the institutions in order to maintain their fundamental function – to support humanity.

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