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Revista Colombiana de Psiquiatría

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MUNOZ ZUNIGA, Fernando. Swan Song: The Advent of the Psychotic Nucleus. rev.colomb.psiquiatr. [online]. 2012, vol.41, n.3, pp.627-643. ISSN 0034-7450.

Introduction: Different forms of artistic expression, such as literature and cinema, constitute an inexhaustible source for the study of mental illness. The use of psychodynamic models may contribute to a better understanding of the spectrum between personality disorders and the psychosis spectrum, thus enriching the phenomenological approach in the psychiatric clinical practice. Objective: To examine from psychodynamic standpoints the main character of the American film Black Swan, and the nature of her psychotic symptoms. Methods: Reviewing of sources and relevant theoretical currents. Results and conclusions: Analysis shows the usefulness of a psychodynamically- oriented dimensional model for understanding the so-called psychotic breaks as well as the applicability of psychoanalytic psychosis theories in general psychiatric practice, as they may provide a more fexible clinical approach, closer to the patient's subjective experience.

Palavras-chave : Psychotic break; cinema; borderline personality.

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