In this article I want to describe the importance of the father in the psychic development of children, and his role of thirdness capable of progressively opening up the symbiotic mother-child bonds towards alterity. It is because of the presence of a third person in the relationship that children can start developing their thinking abilities, and particularly their symbolic world. In the second part of the article I will highlight how a therapist working with severely damaged patients and their families often needs to cover a paternal function, or thirdness; a function that often lacks inside “psychotic” families. Finally, a short example will be made, substantiating the article contents with clinical material from a multiple family therapeutic group directed by me and Doctor Comelli.
KeywordsAdolescence adolescent adolescenti adolescents adolescenza bambini Bion cambiamento Children comunità terapeutica creativity creatività donne dream dreams fiaba gioco group group psychotherapy gruppo identity identità institution intersoggettività intersubjectivity istituzione malattia mito myth narcissism narration narrazione pensiero Photolangage play psicoanalisi psicodramma psicoterapia di gruppo psychoanalysis reverie setting sogni sogno therapeutic community trauma
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