N.14 - Group with anorexic patients: therapeutic factors

Bulimic images. Interpersonal rereading of a dynamic of a Photolangage© group

Abstract

The Photolangage revealed to be an instrument able to stimulate a dialogue among people closed up in the silence of their own experience.Preceding studies and clinical experiences demonstrated its strength in providing a container for the emotions emerging in group paths.This important feature of it permitted us to use the instrument respecting its own rules, experiencing a “new pair of glasses” to read its dynamics: the psychoanalytic interpersonal pattern. Listening to the world of images means listening to elementary sensations they cause “in the here and now” giving voice to the contents of one’s own experience. The photo images and the following comments are, for us interpersonalists, the metaphor of the relation which works between the therapist (parental figure) and the group participants (children). The therapist plays the role which is attributed to him/her in the participants’ phantasies , but recording what is said about the images in the here and now of the relation, permits to every body to be able to experience a new modality of relation inside which we can have the possibility of starting imagining new types of relation with an internal parental figure.

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