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Hermeneutics and Clinical
Edited by Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb
( with writings of Giovanni Salonia, Antonio Sichera, Pietro Andrea Cavaleri, Valeria Conte and Paola Argentino )
TO THE ITALIAN EDITION ( Milano, Franco Angeli editore, 2000 )
clinical models elaborated decades ago, in entirely different historical
and social conditions, still meet the needs of a world which has been completely
aim of this book is to explore Gestalt psychotherapy, fifty years after its
creation,by asking the questions that
belong to the cultural and clinical horizon of our time.The problems discussed
here have come to light during the
periods of research carried out by the training staff working in the Istituto di
Gestalt-Human Communication Center, since 1979. We have conducted a critical
examination of the tradition
we work in ( and which moulded us) in search of a
treatment model for seriously disturbed patients that aims at achieving
personality integration rather than mere social training.
is the therapeutic value of letting oneself be absorbed in the transient truth
of the here and now with a borderline or psychotic patient?
relationship needs determine the behaviour, at times so dramatic, of adolescents
can a "fragmented" society face the challenge of the integration of
the "other", the dialogue
between differences? How can our society's dominant myth of self-fulfilment
be made compatible with the possibilty of maintaining satisfying long
term relationships ?
opening essay defines the original contribution that this approach has made, and
continues to make, to the world of
psychotherapy. It examines a relationship that is neither intrapsychic, nor
interpersonal nor systemic, but is centred on the experience of the "between",
that is, that experiental space that is to be found
between the 'I' and the 'you', between internal experience and the
influence of the environment.
with phenomenological thought, of which it constitutes the most original
clinical application, Gestalt therapy
states that we cannot know "reality" in itself, but only that part of
it that is experienced in the here and now, in other words, in the experience of
contact and withdrawal of a "human animal organism" with its
constitutes the hermeneutical cypher, and gives an
individual identity and autogenous depth to this type of psychotherapy.
epistemology considers contact to be a
boundary event in continuous evolution, observed
by the Gestalt therapist as a
process .His principal concern is not to identify
meanings but observe the evolution of relational deliberateness.The
creation of the relationship is the place in which the truth of the 'I' and the
'you' generates a new truth, a momentary configuration of harmony that
immediately leaves space for other figures.
is the Zwischenheit,what Buber calls "betweeness",what is between the
'I' and the 'you', and, for Gestalt psychotherapy, this is what orients human