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Edipo Re: conoscenza e cura di sé
Journal Title: PSICOTERAPIA E SCIENZE UMANE 
Author/s: Giovanni Stanghellini 
Year:  2007 Issue: Language: Italian 
Pages:  18 Pg. 481-498 FullText PDF:  151 KB

Oedipus King has been interpreted as a story characterized by the manifestation of some truth deeply hidden. It is suggested that it tells us about the disintegration and reintegration of different modes of selfawareness: vision, feeling, and story-telling. A series of antinomies come on stage: search versus care of oneself, reflexive knowledge versus familiarity with oneself, external vision versus acquaintance with oneself. The first element of these pairs overshadows the second. Vision rules, with its objectifying power; feeling turns out to be mere intimation, an unarticulated form of knowledge. The integration between seeing and feeling is established in Oedipus King through narratives. Oedipus succeeds in getting in touch with himself only via the stories others tell about his life. The healing value of the dramatic action consists in the narrative process breaking the vicious circle between the dominance of vision and the lack of feeling. [KEY WORDS: self-knowledge, self-awareness, care of oneself, Oedipus, narrative]

Giovanni Stanghellini, in "PSICOTERAPIA E SCIENZE UMANE" 4/2007, pp. 481-498, DOI:

   

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