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The dread of living without anticipation: a case of melancholia

Reitske Meganck UGent, Eline Trenson UGent and Jochem Willemsen UGent (2014) CASYS : INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF COMPUTING ANTICIPATORY SYSTEMS. 29. p.103-108
abstract
It seems that time functions essentially different in melancholia as compared to classical neuroses. We might even say the experience of time dissapears for the melancholicus. No future is anticipated, no past determines the actually lived distress, despair and guilt. This paper illustrates by means of a case study of a melancholic woman how anticipation is necessary for the subject to be able to live. Without desire for things to come, without a past that is experienced as something that anticipated the subject as it is now, there seems to be no more than an eternal now that stupifies the subject and blurs the distinction between death and living. The absence of the structuring function of time results in the experience of utter loneliness and anxiety and consequently also shows the dramatic impact of an absence of anticipation.
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Nachträglichkeit, Structuring function of time, Anticipation, Melancholia, Relation to the other
journal title
CASYS : INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF COMPUTING ANTICIPATORY SYSTEMS
CASYS : Int. J. Comput. Anticip. Syst.
volume
29
pages
103 - 108
ISSN
1373-5411
language
English
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yes
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A2
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I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
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3036305
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http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-3036305
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2012-10-29 14:47:17
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2015-02-09 15:41:49
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  abstract     = {It seems that time functions essentially different in melancholia as compared to classical neuroses. We might even say the experience of time dissapears for the melancholicus. No future is anticipated, no past determines the actually lived distress, despair and guilt. This paper illustrates by means of a case study of a melancholic woman how anticipation is necessary for the subject to be able to live. Without desire for things to come, without a past that is experienced as something that anticipated the subject as it is now, there seems to be no more than an eternal now that stupifies the subject and blurs the distinction between death and living. The absence of the structuring function of time results in the experience of utter loneliness and anxiety and consequently also shows the dramatic impact of an absence of anticipation.},
  author       = {Meganck, Reitske and Trenson, Eline and Willemsen, Jochem},
  issn         = {1373-5411},
  journal      = {CASYS : INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF COMPUTING ANTICIPATORY SYSTEMS},
  keyword      = {Nachtr{\"a}glichkeit,Structuring function of time,Anticipation,Melancholia,Relation to the other},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {103--108},
  title        = {The dread of living without anticipation: a case of melancholia},
  volume       = {29},
  year         = {2014},
}

Chicago
Meganck, Reitske, Eline Trenson, and Jochem Willemsen. 2014. “The Dread of Living Without Anticipation: a Case of Melancholia.” Casys : International Journal of Computing Anticipatory Systems 29: 103–108.
APA
Meganck, R., Trenson, E., & Willemsen, J. (2014). The dread of living without anticipation: a case of melancholia. CASYS : INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF COMPUTING ANTICIPATORY SYSTEMS, 29, 103–108.
Vancouver
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Meganck R, Trenson E, Willemsen J. The dread of living without anticipation: a case of melancholia. CASYS : INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF COMPUTING ANTICIPATORY SYSTEMS. 2014;29:103–8.
MLA
Meganck, Reitske, Eline Trenson, and Jochem Willemsen. “The Dread of Living Without Anticipation: a Case of Melancholia.” CASYS : INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF COMPUTING ANTICIPATORY SYSTEMS 29 (2014): 103–108. Print.