The American Journal of Psychoanalysis

, Volume 76, Issue 3, pp 281–294 | Cite as

Melancholia, Narcissism and Depression

  • Teresa Pinheiro
  • Julio Verztman
  • Diane Viana


This paper discusses ideas about depression as a paradigmatic symptom of contemporaneous psychological suffering and makes a comparison between depression and melancholia. The ideas we describe were stimulated by two comparative studies that were conducted based on an analysis of how depressed subjects relate to the concept of desire, their feelings of shame and their self-image in today’s age.


Melancholia depression narcissism shame 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.NEPECC (Center of Studies in Psychoanalysis and Contemporaneity Clinic)Psychology Institute at the Federal University of Rio de JaneiroRio de JaneiroBrazil

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