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Title: Sublimation and Symbolization
Subtitle: An Aristotelian Psychoanalysis
Author(s): BERNET, Rudolf
Journal: Ethical Perspectives
Volume: 5    Issue: 3   Date: October 1998   
Pages: 210-217
DOI: 10.2143/EP.5.3.563084

Abstract :
While sublimation is not the first word in psychoanalysis, it nevertheless constitutes the final aim of psychoanalytic thought in both its clinical and theoretical orientations. Indeed, if psychoanalysis is primarily a practice whose aim is to alleviate a patient’s sufferings, and if these sufferings are largely the result of a conflict between the exigencies of an individual’s drives and the necessities of a civilized social life, then effective therapeutic action presupposes some knowledge of the way in which such a conflict might be resolved.

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