Thoughts on the occasion of the pandemic

Eirini Tsanira
Psychiatrist – Child psychiatrist – Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist for children, adolescents and adults

First phase

Many people lost their lives with the appearance of the coronavirus which literally surprised us. It threatened our biological existence and forced us – in a crude and violent way – to remember our vulnerability but also our mortality. Our omnipotence collapsed,confusion prevailed but the fact that the first loses were people of a certain age, described as “old people”, seems to have allowed many to mobilize the omnipotence of youth and to resort to some kind of denial of reality and its dangers. The “old people” passed away after living the agony of death, alone, without the presence of someone of their own or someone else available to facilitate their “work of the end” (it was practically impossible).

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Memento mori [Remember that you will die]

Eir. Tsanira

Thoughts we used to be preoccupied with

Shortly before the start of the pandemic we talked about the prevalence of a fluid reality [Bauman] in the Western world, with its main features being the refusal to accept restrictions and limits, the unconditional domination of youth, the intense and addictive pursuit of pleasure and its instrumentalization of knowledge. The tendency to avoid mental suffering and mental toil prevailed, promoting and supporting the omnipotence of the individual, while at the same time there was a devaluation but also a denial of any damage and loss – to the point of the denial of death itself.

We know, however, that when the psychization weakens, when we have a decline in the mental capacity to process what is happening, the creative existence of the Subject essentially recedes. De-psychicization prevails and an attempt is made to refute reality.
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