The pain of the social

Yolanda Gampel*

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This article attempts to delineate social pain or the pain of the social–a suffering that comes from human relations as a collective. I attempt to find the word, the signifier, that can transmit this experience in clinical practice, including senses, affects and intuition. I also contribute my clinical work in times of sociopolitical violence to this pursuit.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1219-1235
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Journal of Psychoanalysis
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2020


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