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Revista de la Asociación Española de Neuropsiquiatría

On-line version ISSN 2340-2733Print version ISSN 0211-5735


GARCIA NIETO, Rebeca. The twilight of the mind. Rev. Asoc. Esp. Neuropsiq. [online]. 2005, n.95, pp.25-47. ISSN 2340-2733.

In this article, some recent samples of self-destructive behaviour are commented on and a brief overview of some theoretical approaches which study this aspect of human conduct is given. After mentioning some scientific studies, "The Piano teacher", the autobiographical novel of Elfriede Jelinek (the current Nobel Prize for Literature) is analysed. On the basis of the earlier cited narration in the first person of sadomasochism and self-mutilation, some key aspects in this kind of patients such as: the choice of the body as a battlefield, the relationship between self-harmful behaviour and alexithymia, his inclination to act out their conflicts and their identity problems, among others, are analysed.

Keywords : Self-mutilation; Sadomasochism; Elfriede Jelinek; Bodily image; Alexithymia.

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