Thinking the Institution


This essay focuses on three topics. The first is related to a particular aspect of the relationship between individuals and the institution. The institution may or may not provide the individual with an image (mirroring) suited to for his/her needs and responsibilities. This image and its possible failings have an impact not only on professional identity, but also on deep, fundamental aspects of the self. The second topic concerns the triangular relationship between the individual, small groups and the institution. Between the individual and the institution, a small group of friends and colleagues may find space. This small group has different functions to those of the institution, yet can take over those functions if the institution fails to Read more


A small ritual and three phases of the process of elaboration in group psychoanalysis

Using an extended clinical account, I draw attention to two questions that are important to understanding the therapeutic efficacy of the small psychoanalytic group. The first is the relationship between therapeutic efficacy and the implementation of rituals, which confirm the transition from one condition to another in life, or which allow the sharing of experiences that may otherwise remain confined to a restricted private state. The second relates to the Read more


Truth as a therapeutic factor


Truth – according to Bion – has a performative character; it can bring about transformations. Analysis is a “veridical process” that helps the patient become himself. In order for this transformation to positively occur, the search for truth must be tempered and guided by empathy. The therapist takes part in the veridical Read more


The conception of Disease: historical, anthropological and clinical observations


The authors present a dialogue aimed at illuminating the concept of disease, within a complex and multidisciplinary. Following a historical development of the concept, are first identified the elements of the value of Hippocratic medicine, and then articulate the notion with the developments that it has received as part of psychoanalysis and group psychoanalysis. To better understand the concept of disease in the latter area, are also used contributions from the anthropological studies of some cultures that have Read more


Sheherazade and Bluebeard


With the evocative  title of this paper “Sheherazade and Bluebeard” a well known tale that was written many years ago, I aim to portray how often during psychoanalytic sessions a patient will refer to literary texts, making quotations from stories and tales when he/she is unable to express his own fantasies and emotions. There are gradual steps that are made, the tale is referred to, it creates an atmosphere, there are the remembered dialogues of the characters and the silences. By having selected a particular tale, not only does the patient show his difficulty in expressing his complex state of mind, but he signals his inability in grasping that which is essential to him. Through this paper I shall also be dealing with the more psychoanalytically based topics of separation and memory, and with the aid of the relationship of “tale telling” that gradually establishes itself between analyst and patient we will see how these topics are in Read more


Introduction, Group Psychoanalytic Psychodrama

How can Psychodrama provide a contribution to group psychotherapy? How is it possible to connect these two practices?
My memories went back to the short experience of training with Jennie and Paul Lemoine and to my recent participation in the passionate “lectures/demonstrations”, given by Luisa Mele and Paola Cecchetti at “La Sapienza” University. Thereafter, the reading of the articles of this number of Funzione Gamma suggested the usefulness of analysing three possible areas of intersection.

1. Action/ acted

Freud considers action- together with attention, numbering, judgement and Read more


Genius Loci: The Spirit of a Place, the Spirit of a Group


The author divided the discussion is divided in three parts. The first, which is very synthetic, will cover some of Bion’s theories as regards “Work Group Mentality”, “Basic Assumptions Group Mentality”, and their respective leaders. In the second he introduced J. Bleger’s “Syncretic Sociality” concept, which introduces a third type of “Group Mentality” different from the one developed by Bion’s theory. The third part, which is the longest, is dedicated to the role of the Genius Loci. The Genius Loci is not a leader, like the Work Group mentality leader or the basic assumptions group mentality leader. However, it performs some important functions for the social and mental life of a Read more


Presentation, Mith, Dream and Group

In May, 1999 the first issue of Funzione Gamma went on-line. The theme was Dream and Group. Not long after, a second issue on that same theme came out. Three years have gone by and the ninth and current issue focuses on the theme which is Dream, Myth and Group, once again. In a few days time, there will be a further issue which deals with this theme. The scientific committee and the editorial staff believe that this theme is of fundamental importance not only for those who work in the group therapy field, but also for those who come from other disciplines which deal with the relationship between individual and group. A large number of dreams Read more

Interview with Balbino


The interview between Claudio Neri and Balbino was carried out in dialogue form, this is of great importance, as not only does it provide significant information on the therapeutic ritual, but above all it shows the comparison-meeting between two cultural modes of thinking, as for example the function of dreams in human relations and their interpretation. It’s a meeting that allows to keep hold of the ‘differences’, but exchanging ‘mental forms’ of different ‘knowledge’: hence, a ‘mestizo’ context that François Laplantine defines as follows “ it’s a never Read more