Journal title QUADERNI DI GESTALT
Author/s Alessia Repossi, Elisabetta Conte
Publishing Year 2022 Issue 2022/1 Language Italian
Pages 18 P. 29-46 File size 220 KB
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This paper stems from an interest in the clinical and community dimensions of human ex-perience and consider the psychopathology in the reverberations of social living. The experience of the peer relationship and the horizontal dimension are considered the key to understanding the fraternal paradigm and an opportunity to overcome the narcissistic paradigm. The fraternal relationship is considered not only as a specific experience of family life, but as a call to the community and social life in a time that needs new tools for being to-gether. The authors describe the social context in which the theme of fraternity is placed, fo-cusing on the fragility of today’s vertical dimension and the need to find new ways of inhabit-ing the horizontal dimension, which is so widespread today. They propose three main forms of fraternal relationship: between blood relatives, between acquaintances and between those who are unknown. The authors emphasize how the connection between these 3 different forms is the basis that anchors the harmonious fraternal experience. With this background, a reading of the topic from the perspective of Gestalt psychotherapy is proposed, introducing the concept of intentionality of fraternal contact and that of the horizontal dimension in the clinic. The aim is to develop, both in the therapist and in the pa-tient, a fraternal experience as an anchor in the face of the new demands of today. This experi-ence t is a being-with-other that becomes a fertile root to go beyond narcissistic drifts to build belonging and community. For the authors some basic concepts of the gestalt clinical model, illustrated with clinical examples, are new forms of "horizontal" work in the here and now (Wollants, 2021), Aesthetic Relational Knowledge (Spagnuolo Lobb, 2017), Dance Steps (Spagnuolo Lobb, 2019). These concepts are consistent with a therapeutic vision based on the awareness of equal value with the patient, reciprocity, solidarity, belonging to the same human community.
Keywords: Fraternal paradigm, vertical and horizontal dimension, intentionality of fraternal contact, the fraternal relationship in the clinic.
Alessia Repossi, Elisabetta Conte, Essere fratelli oggi: abitare il rapporto tra pari nella post-modernità. Riflessioni sullo sfondo sociale e sulle implicazioni terapeutiche in "QUADERNI DI GESTALT" 1/2022, pp 29-46, DOI: 10.3280/GEST2022-001003