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Otto Rank’s Birth Trauma in the Light of Erroticism The article discusses the problem of birth trauma, which according to Otto Rank is a constitutive event for the lot of every human being. Reference to the Erros theory, proposed by Agata Bielik-Robson, enables re-including this concept in the area of discussion on the human condition, the dialectic of drives, life, death and eroticism. The reference to empirical research in perinatal psychology shows weaknesses of Otto Rank’s proposal.

Keywords: birth, death, drive, Erros, life, paradise, trauma, unconsciousness

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