What developmental perspective for the Gestalt therapist? A conversation between Massimo Ammaniti and Margherita Spagnuolo

Author/s Massimo Ammaniti, Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb
Publishing Year 2013 Issue 2012/2 Language Italian
Pages 18 P. 11-28 File size 958 KB
DOI 10.3280/GEST2012-002002
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Massimo Ammaniti and Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb dialogue on the issue of developmental perspective and psychotherapy. They propose different, sometimes contrasting, other times in line with one another, ideas on how the development of the patient is revealed in the here-and-now of the therapeutic session and in the present life of the patient. Basing results on contemporary research, the two authors agree on the idea that development is much more complex and variable than what the traditional theories based on developmental phases can describe. The dialogue here transcribed becomes passionate when the authors talk of their epistemologies, and of their different models of domains and super-ordinated motivational systems, of the sense of self, of the importance of the body in psychotherapy, and of the parallel concepts of intersubjectivity and contact.

Keywords: Developmental perspective, domains, super-ordinated motivational systems, sense of self, contact, intersubjectivity

Massimo Ammaniti, Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb, La mentalità evolutiva in psicoterapia in "QUADERNI DI GESTALT" 2/2012, pp 11-28, DOI: 10.3280/GEST2012-002002