Experience made concrete: the body-mind relationship and possible transformational processes in Group Therapy


This paper considers those particular pathologies in which the body is thought of as “a psychic object par excellence”, or rather, as the only psychic object that is the locus where the subject’s unity is recognized. I am referring to patients who are unable, for various reasons, to mentalize and transform perceptive and sensorial experience into emotional meaningfulness, and instead encapsulate it within corporeity. Emotions and affects are experienced as enemies that must be kept at a distance and the subject is held prisoner in a continuous, concrete sense of experiential immediateness. Being in a therapeutic group setting is what this kind of patient needs, since the group is an Read more


Suicidal splinters: breackup and recovery within the structure of experience in adolescent crises


This paper addresses problems related to the risk of suicide in adolescence which represents an extreme experience to recover psychological functions that precede emotional and experiential development. Therapeutic group work, the elective setting for these cases, fosters processes of identification and subsequent individual de-identification. Subjectivation is a painful pursuit for the adolescent, and it is often considered as an experience that bears the marks of shame and humiliation due to the difficulties the adolescent encounters, which he or she tends to experience as extreme Read more