Empathy and intersubjectivity in group psychotherapy. Pain sharing and mirror neurons.


The author’s main hypothesis is that intersubjectivity is at the base of the establishment and preservation of the small therapy group, which is also the place where intersubjectivity disorders can appear and be properly dealt with. What is favoured, is a prelogical and automatic conception of intersubjectivity, in continuation with the theory of mirror neurons, that well describes the pain sharing phenomena in small groups. The author thus tries to evaluate the congruency of present neurophysiological models with the Bionian field theory. Instead of conceiving the group as a whole, the antinomy group/individual is overcome by suggesting a multidimensional synchronous space vision, inspired by Matte Blanco’s model. After a close review of the main conception of intersubjectivity – Stern, Psychology of Self, Kaës – the author attempts to trace back the rationales of empathetic perception and intersubjectivity to the mould of the present phenomenical turning point of psychoanalysis. Merleau-Ponty’s chiasmatic-empathetic 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 group in a Mental Health Ward on listening to the suffering of the Self


The authors of this paper emphasize the importance of group psychotherapy has in recent years in the Mental Health Centers. The individual psychotherapeutic work, was considered more profitable, while contact with the group was considered as a source of disturbance and threat to the individual. In time and ‘happened to the group process enhancement. The Read more