Building a setting for hope. New social fragilities, new psychological skills

Author/s Gino Mazzoli
Publishing Year 2016 Issue 2016/1 Language Italian
Pages 22 P. 65-86 File size 1699 KB
DOI 10.3280/RSF2016-001005
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The current economic and financial crisis causes serious psychosocial transformations, for example the exponential growth of new vulnerabilities in a social stratum that, in the past, did not know the risk of poverty. The contemporary high-speed socio-economic changes are silently generating, in people’s daily life, new and hard-hitting issues. These issues strike predominantly the middle class, now considered impoverished and vulnerable. These people face the growing fragility of their social ties and hence find limit processing and problem handling harder to deal with. Furthermore, the present-day dominant model of hyper-performance frequently breeds feelings of shame and hampers the requests for social assistance. These citizens often fear to be considered socially "inadequate" or "unsuccessful". On the other hand, the same people are usually involved in community activities. Local authorities can therefore get in touch with them, exercise their authority in a reassuring, i.e. not deceiving, way and co-construct with them practical, non-stigmatizing, daily deals. However, to reach this purpose, the methodological tools utilized by social agencies have to be improved. Recent experiences, in different community settings, suggest that social agencies can engage, stimulate and team up with these people providing they use appropriate methodological tools. Such renewed tools should improve the quality of their social provisions. These issues are moreover critical for welfare policies and democracy. The basic functions of this approach are ‘integrating, connecting, listening and reformulating’, the same as in psychology and psychiatry.

Keywords: Vulnerability, shame, experiential bulimia, re-model the community, generativity, re-considering.

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Gino Mazzoli, Dare un setting alla speranza. Nuove fragilità diffuse chiedono nuove competenze psicologiche diffuse in "RIVISTA SPERIMENTALE DI FRENIATRIA" 1/2016, pp 65-86, DOI: 10.3280/RSF2016-001005