Group Oedipus and primary scene. Insertions and contaminations between virtual and archaic

The author revisits the Oedipus in its complex and group dimension, and the possible saturating and inhibiting effects of grafting the virtual into the imaginary dimension of the primary scene. The idea of ​​the family as protective container isolated from the social is only an idealization of the child and of the first Freud, who however later perceives the group aspects of the Oedipus and considers the primary scene to be an original phantoms that mediates between history and structure. The group aspects of the Oedipus are revisited through the conceptions of Bion and Bollas, while the concept of primary scene is extended to the concept of emotional Read more


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