Mandati e lealtà familiari: il particolare caso dell’incredibile Hulk - In this article some of the aspects about the "family" construct proposed by Vittorio Cigoli are analysed thoroughly. Particularly the paradigms of this construct such as the affective pole and the ethical pole are drawn. As for the first aspect we refer to the works by Erik Erikson about hope and trust, shifting from an interpretation focused on the "Self" to another one focused on the exchange among generations. Relating to the ethical pole, we consider the hypotheses by Ivan Boszormenyi- Nagy about the concept of loyalty and justice. From a strictly clinical point of view, a "particular case" is revised through these considerations: that is the story of Bruce Banner and his alter ego, the Incredible Hulk, a comics character created in 1962 by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. Two outlines are used for the analysis of the present case: the comic strip and the movie by A. Lee, come out in 2003. The behaviours of the members of the family and Hulk’s fits of rage are read in terms of relations, as "symptoms" of credits and debts within the family.
Keywords: Family, loyalty, ethical pole, affective pole