On the threshold. The invention of institutions as a turning point for change


In the paper I address three questions that seem useful to understand our relationship with institutions and its potentialities.

a) How can the relationship with institutions be creative?
b) How can the external world not to be also a foreign one for us?
c) Which is our role in the process of institutional change?

In my view Winnicott gives us important instruments to articulate these questions further and connect them with each other. In particular, I will take the concept of primary creativity and the differentiation process between me and not-me into consideration. Read more


The mountain as field of group experience


This article explores a therapeutic intervention in the area of mental illness employing an “outdoor setting”, in the literal meaning of a setting outside any classic model, namely mountain therapy. It is a new practice, where the potential transformative capacity of the mountain scenery is exploited and where even people with severe psychiatryc disabilities can Read more


Resonances and Reflections on the Works of Marinelli, Mellier, and Neri Presented at the “Group and Ritual” Conference


The theme “Group and Ritual” seems of particular significance at this profoundly complex and dramatic historical moment, with the danger of closing into the “private,” provoking a disintegrating and dangerous narcissism. The analytically-led small group can be not only a valid model for dealing with narcissistic closure in the self, but is also a preferable method for healing contemporary malaise, characterized by the inhibition of preconscious functions of creativity and symbolization. This lack is intensified in times of profound change, of transitional Read more


Conduction Group in Multifamily Psychoanalysis: setting and countertransference

This paper aims to highlight some peculiarities of Multifamily Psychoanalysis with the purpose of stimulating thought, shared reflections and research. We do not claim in any way to completely fulfil a task that would be too challenging to be developed basing from a focal Read more


Individual and group elements in the individuation process


The author describes the phenomena related to the proliferation of new ideas and theories in psychoanalysis. Conservation and innovation, loyalty ‘and rupture have characterized the development of psychoanalysis from Freud to the new currents of thought, after the Second World War. From Freud’s concept of archeology of the mind to thoughts and theories more in keeping with social changes. The atmosphere ‘of enthusiasm and self-idealization, but also of disenchantment and naivete, understood Read more


Facilitating Change: Boundaries and the Human-Nature Dialectic


The author examines the relationship between man, nature and the tightness’ of the boundaries of the species. The individual relates to family and community, as  a set of individuals from which it derives its integrity, and self-awareness.
Expand the boundaries and ‘a way to open new possibilities for exploring human culture and its relationship with nature. The classical psychoanalysis has explored the cultural world as separate from the outside. But the individual and the group are placed in the broader Read more


Group Psychotherapy for Children: between continuity and change


Starting from the experience of slow-open therapy groups of children and preadolescents, we will consider  what happens in the group process when changes in the group composition occur , due to the arriving or leaving of the members.
With the help of clinical material we will show the differences between Read more


Homogeneous female group from the view point of participant observation: critical reassesment of an experience


In this paper I will talk about participant observation in a homogeneous female group and of some considerations that were born from this experience. I shall try to retrace the theoretical arguments that justify the group as a therapeutic instrument, and then pass to the motivations that support my choice to realize an observation experience in a female homogeneous group and the choice of a woman to woman therapy with a particular reference to the group’s development and to the questions due to the guiding hypothesis of my entire work, that is: the masochism issue and the supposed female specificity. At last I will analyze my counter-tranferencial position in an episode taken from some of the group’s sessions, finally end with a series of critical reflections.

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