Biopsychosocial approach to pain


The Author deals with the issue of subjective pain and correlates it with several factors, investigated by the biopsychosocial model according to various perspectives that interact with each other. Read more


The body in the group: its presence and absence


Working with adolescents, and specifically with those affected by an eating disorder, makes many apparent contradictions come out. In this paper we focalized on the body which, in apparent contradiction, can hinder and become an obstacle to the expression of the real self, while continuing literally to provide the measure of the self at one and the same time. The body is seen by anorexics as a target, to be suffocated in its demands and fundamental needs, reduced to the bone and strictly disciplined. But suffocating the body means deadening the emotions expressed by the body too. It is in response to a fundamental anorexic assumption, consisting in a return to a deadly nothingness, that the group therapy approach makes sense. The group can provide a space and time where the vacuum becomes visible and can be contacted by the group as a whole. In an effort to reflect on this paradoxical situation, so central to anorexia but almost physiological in adolescence, which makes it Read more


The use of the therapeutic group in the cure of serious organic illnesses


The article describes the author’s experience with cancer patients. The therapeutic institution as well as offering space and hospitality, from ‘the opportunity to rethink your situation not only in organic terms, but also psychological. In the paths of these groups shows a thought linked to the disease, linked to the vicissitudes of life, where the disease becomes an opportunity Read more