Abstract: The present article aims to explore the fusional levels of the analytic group. First of all, a definition of the term fusionality is reported, taken mostly from the work of Neri et al., (1990). Then the fusional functioning of the psychoanalytic group is investigated. Given that these conceptualizations are still in their infancy, it is important to emphasize that this text is an initial food for thought that certainly needs a more i Read more
The baby observation, such a peculiar method and something so difficult to understand in its real strength and importance, is here described, above all, as a fundamental tool for learning to “be with”. Learn to find within oneself the ability to tolerate another presence, refraining from immediately resorting to the theory, to interpretations, but simply letting oneself be filled by what the other offers us, taking the necessary time to discover how that action takes place, what is repeated and what changes, which affects come into play and who takes part to these.
Entering the house of a mother and her new-born baby, as well as a nursery school or a Read more
The four functions of the mind considered by Meltzer as essential for the balance among the members of a family, are also important in the work of the operators in care institutions.
Added to this is the ability to learn from experience (Bion), and to welcome unexpected thoughts and events into one’s mind, which can contribute to give meaning to the daily routine.
A novel by Calvino, “The Day of a Scrutineer”, is used in order to describe the change Read more
The main purpose of this article is to describe the path from symbiosis to fusionality, since, despite these two terms are frequently used in the psychoanalytic literature, they are often named in a way that is not always clear, especially the latter.
It is my personal belief that, instead, an explanation and correlation of these two concepts can be extremely useful and that, above all, it can help to understand the importance of studying the newborn for all the psychologists and psychotherapists regardless of the type of patient Read more
This is the report of a first observation session, punctuated by comments coming from the supervision work and concluded by a series of more global considerations, which allow to inscribe what was said within a family and physiological evolutionary path.In this text is constantly present the passage between what the family actually puts in place during the session, the contemporary emotional state of the observer, who participates in what happens and questions herself, without yet formulating explanations and, finally, the real elaborations, coming from the supervision sessions that allow to pass from an observation without judgment to an interpretation of Read more
This issue is the second part of a first one, edited one year ago and named “Baby observation and analytic presence”. Our path has therefore started from the silent, not judging neither interpreting reflection about a new-born and its care context and now instead tries to analyse the possibilities of an active therapeutic work with the family group.
In the first issue we wondered indeed what the baby observation could teach to an analyst in training. Doing so, we particularly emphasized that this path puts the observer in direct contact with archaic psychic quotas that always remain active in the psyche and that should never be forgotten by the analyst, even when he is working with adults. We now notice that the psychological configuration of the family that is experienced “in construction” in the baby observation, remains central in the therapeutic work with families as well. Indeed, as and more than the observation, the psychoanalytic therapeutic work with the family group allows to reach and understand the original psychic structure on which the family is based and within which the children individualities are structured.
The family group is a complex system, made up of many different levels and subgroups (the same with which the baby observation allows contact). Part of the family group is, in fact, the parental couple, which originally was the conjugal couple and which is still affected by the psychic mode and history of both members; also the couple or the subgroup of the siblings, as well as the couples formed by each of the two parents with each child. Read more
AbstractThis article is linked to a previous one (Piermattei, 2019) that deepened the concepts of symbiosis and fusionality. We have therefore started from the first neonatal life and we are now searching for the traces of that primordial experience in adult life. The basic idea of both the articles is that some primordial quotas remain active throughout the entire life span, in a physiological way. In particular, the experience of the loving couple is investigated here since it is Read more