The paternal function in psychoanalysis: the therapist’s role inside a multiple family therapy setting

In this article I want to describe the importance of the father in the psychic development of  children, and his role of  thirdness capable of progressively opening up the symbiotic mother-child bonds towards alterity. It is because of the presence of a third person in the relationship that children can start developing their thinking abilities, and particularly their symbolic world. In the second part of the article I will highlight how a therapist working with severely damaged patients and their families Read more