"Timeless teenagers": Relational Rootedness and Development of the Self

Author/s Massimo Ammaniti, Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb
Publishing Year 2020 Issue 2020/1
Language Italian Pages 8 P. 13-20 File size 189 KB
DOI 10.3280/GEST2020-001002
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In this dialogue Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb and Massimo Ammaniti outline the features of adolescence in postmodernity. Starting from the contents of the conference "Gli adolescenti senza tempo" (Adolescents with no time), Siracusa, June 7th-8th, 2019, the authors discuss about reliability of the term "adolescence", as it was originally intended, to describe current condition of teenagers. The authors explore parent-teenager relationship from different per-spectives. Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb, according to Gestalt psychotherapy perspective, fo-cuses on parental physiological support of children throughout such a difficult age as adoles-cence. For teenagers this phase of life is characterized by concerns about self integration. De-tachment attempts from family ties, in search of indipendence and freedom, are also frequent and produce high levels of conflict. Parents are required to be resilient and to resist frequent conflicts with teenagers. Parental care and support are fundamental for teenagers during ado-lescence. Massimo Ammaniti, according to psychoanalytical perspective, focuses on the lack of identity in adolescence. Frequent conflicts between parents and teenagers conceal search of autonomy. The development of awareness of feelings of hate towards parents lead teenagers from childhood to adulthood. Parents role is fundamental to ensure teenagers a good and healthy growth. The authors discuss the importance of peer relationships in adolescence and evaluate social impact of phenomena as bullying and group violence. The impact of virtuality in parent-teenager relationship is also highlighted. Spagnuolo Lobb and Ammaniti conclude with some considerations and practical indica-tions to improve teenagers condition in postmodernity. A watchful and discrete approach in observation of teenager activities in internet and social media is essential for parents. More political and social investments must be dedicated to teenagers. Creation of new real meeting places is hoped to combat teenager loneliness and over-investment in virtuality.

Keywords: Gestalt psychotherapy, self, adolescence, parenthood, postmodernity.

Massimo Ammaniti, Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb, "Adolescenti senza tempo". Radicamento relazionale e sviluppo del sé in "QUADERNI DI GESTALT" 1/2020, pp 13-20, DOI: 10.3280/GEST2020-001002