The Death Drive: Hypothesis or Clinical Guarantee

By Jamieson Webster

Is the death drive in relation to the clinical psychoanalyst a hypothesis or is it a clinical guarantee. Facing the death drive, does the analyst here hypothesize, explain, investigate, or attempt to understand it, or does the analyst provide a response, even act as a fail-safe, a frame for its undertaking, the who or what that we have there at the ready when it comes to death drives? The present article makes use of multiple clinical situations to present some elements to answer these interrogations.


  • death drive
  • repetition
  • clinical case
  • double
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