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Freuds doodsdrift: metapsychologie en kliniek

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This article aims to investigate both the metapsychological and the clinical status of Freud’s concept of the death instinct. It is argued that, when rereading Freud’s Beyond the Pleasure Principle (1920) and the key texts in its lead, the guiding question must be: what is the specific clinical research context that made Freud introduce the death instinct? It is to be noted that, after Mourning and Melancholia (1916-17), Freud was preoccupied with the problem of melancholia. The latter psychopathological model functions as the metapsychological research matrix that contextualizes Freud’s introduction of the death instinct. At the same time, however, it is argued that Freud’s seemingly marginal interest in epilepsy must be taken into account in order to get to grips with the specific instinctual character of the death instinct. Hence, taking into account both melancholia and epilepsy enables us to make sense of Freud’s death instinct both metapsychologically and clinically, as is illustrated by a short clinical vignette.
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clinical practice, death instinct, epilepsy, Freud, metapsychology, melancholia

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De Vleminck, Jens. “Freuds Doodsdrift: Metapsychologie En Kliniek.” TIJDSCHRIFT VOOR PSYCHOANALYSE 20.2 (2014): 97–108. Print.
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De Vleminck, J. (2014). Freuds doodsdrift: metapsychologie en kliniek. TIJDSCHRIFT VOOR PSYCHOANALYSE, 20(2), 97–108.
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De Vleminck, Jens. 2014. “Freuds Doodsdrift: Metapsychologie En Kliniek.” Tijdschrift Voor Psychoanalyse 20 (2): 97–108.
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De Vleminck, Jens. 2014. “Freuds Doodsdrift: Metapsychologie En Kliniek.” Tijdschrift Voor Psychoanalyse 20 (2): 97–108.
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De Vleminck J. Freuds doodsdrift: metapsychologie en kliniek. TIJDSCHRIFT VOOR PSYCHOANALYSE. Boom; 2014;20(2):97–108.
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J. De Vleminck, “Freuds doodsdrift: metapsychologie en kliniek,” TIJDSCHRIFT VOOR PSYCHOANALYSE, vol. 20, no. 2, pp. 97–108, 2014.
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  title        = {Freuds doodsdrift: metapsychologie en kliniek},
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