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Psychotherapy and the Human Sciences
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Psicoterapia e Scienze Umane [Psychotherapy, Humanities, and Social Sciences] is an interdisciplinary quarterly journal. Founded in 1967, it is currently co-edited by Pier Francesco Galli, M.D., Marianna Bolko, M.D., and Paolo Migone, M.D. It is by far and away the most widely circulated journal in the field in Italy, and also one of the oldest. It is indexed by various international databases such as PsycINFO (Psychological Abstracts), Psychoanalytic Abstracts, EMBASE (Ex¬cerpta Medica), EMCare, Scopus, Sociological Abstracts, Worldwide Political Science Abstracts, IBSS (International Bibliography of the Social Sciences), PASCAL (INIST), etc. The project Psicoterapia e Scienze Umane was one of the original aims and methods of the "Milan Group for the Advancement of Psychotherapy", which, has been led by Pier Francesco Galli, M.D. since 1960. In 1970 the Group was renamed Psicoterapia e Scienze Umane (like the journal, which was founded by Pier Francesco Galli in 1967) after the Third World Congress of Psychotherapy which was organized by the Group of the same name. The precise aim, which is still valid today, was to meet the needs of professionals involved in psychotherapy and related fields along three fundamental lines. First of all, the journal wanted to fill the gap between the Italian and international mental health communities - the Italian situation at the time was characterized by widespread cultural delay (university courses and degrees in psychology didn't exist, psychiatry was still under the influence of neurology, etc.). Secondly - and this is an important aspect - there was a need to provide a historical and critical filter for all the foreign professional culture that was being imported, in order to avoid the flat and automatic absorption of foreign cultural models. Thirdly, the journal was designed to examine mental health professionals' training processes in light of the link between clinical practice and theoretical construction. This was summarized in the editorial of the first issue (no. 1, 1967): «Insecurity, the daily feeling of the psychotherapist at work, is responsibly taken as an interplay between conflicting poles within the human sciences». In light of this, a real and not "academic" interdisciplinary approach is still the goal of a professional work with a strong social impact, in opposition to the widespread "parallel tolerance" and ecumenical opportunism that characterises our field. The Psicoterapia e Scienze Umane project also included several book series founded by Pier Francesco Galli, M.D., such as the "Library of Psychiatry and Clinical Psychology" (founded in 1959, total 87 titles), published by the Milanese publisher Feltrinelli, and "Program Psychology, Psychiatry, and Psychotherapy" (founded in 1964, more than 250 titles), published by Boringhieri of Turin. Included in these series were translations of the most important international classics in psychology, psychiatry and psychotherapy, many of which formed the backbone of the professional culture of generations of Italian mental health professionals. In line with these premises, the journal Psicoterapia e Scienze Umane publishes psychoanalytic articles alongside papers from other disciplines, such as psychology, psychiatry, sociology, anthropology, philosophy, education science, and history. Exponents of these disciplines have been represented on the journal's editorial board since its foundation. In the 1980s, the publication of a series of columns emphasised the journal's role as a ''service-provider'' to the Italian mental health community. These columns have included: "Classics of psychoanalytic research" (30 classic papers written between 1927 and 1965 and published between 1989 and 1999); "Clinical cases" (a separate column since 1987 under which many complete clinical cases have been published and discussed by authors from different psychotherapy schools); "Book reviews" (a separate column since 1984); "Traces. Mummia ridens" (since 2004; a reconstruction of the history of Italian psychoanalysis and psychotherapy from the theoretical and sociological perspective); "Journals" (since 1984, with contents and reviews of selected articles from the field's main national and international journals; since 2006, there has also been an annual lengthy comment on each journal under review).

Direzione/Editors: Pier Francesco Galli, M.D., Marianna Bolko, M.D., Paolo Migone, M.D.
Comitato di consulenza/Consulting Editorial Board: Valeria P. Babini, Ph.D. (Dipartimento di Filosofia e Comunicazione, Università di Bologna), Alberto Burgio, Ph.D. (Dipartimento di Filosofia e Comunicazione, Università di Bologna), Morris N. Eagle, Ph.D. (Derner Institute for Advanced Psychological Studies, Adelphi University, Garden City, New York; New Center for Psychoanalysis, Los Angeles), Lawrence Friedman, M.D. (New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York), Pedro Grosz, Ph.D. (Zürich Psychoanalytic Seminar, Zürich), Robert R. Holt, Ph.D. (New York University, New York), Emilio Modena, M.D. (Zürich Psychoanalytic Seminar, Zürich), Johannes Reichmayr, Ph.D. (Sigmund Freud University, Vienna), Berthold Rothschild, M.D. (Zürich Psychoanalytic Seminar, Zürich), Thomas von Salis, M.D. (Zürich Psychoanalytic Seminar, Zürich), Frank Sulloway, Ph.D. (Department of Psychology, University of California, Berkeley), Paul L. Wachtel, Ph.D. (Department of Psychology, City College of New York, New York), Jerome C. Wakefield, Ph.D., D.S.W. (Silver School of Social Work and Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, New York University, New York), Drew Westen, Ph.D. (Department of Psychology, Emory University, Atlanta), Peter H. Wolff, M.D. (Children’s Hospital, Boston)
Hanno fatto parte del comitato editoriale/Past Editorial Board Members: Alessandro Ancona (Bologna), Tullio Aymone (Modena), Gaetano Benedetti (Basel), Arno von Blarer (Zürich), Enzo Codignola (Genoa), Johannes Cremerius (Freiburg im Breisgau), Merton M. Gill (Chicago), John E. Gedo (Chicago), Emanuele Gualandri (Milan), Klaus Horn (Frankfurt am Main), Eustachio Loperfido (Bologna), Giambattista Muraro (Milan), Berta Neumann (Milan), Paul Parin (Zürich), Tito Perlini (Trieste), Michele Ranchetti (Florence), Paul Roazen (Boston), Tullio Seppilli (Perugia), Howard Shevrin (Ann Arbor), Helmuth Thomä (Ulm), Judith Valk (Zürich), Joseph Weiss (San Francisco)
Cura delle rubriche/Section Editors: Pier Francesco Galli, M.D., Alberto Merini, M.D. (Tracce / Traces) Adriana Grotta, Ph.D., Ruggero Lamantea, Ph.D., Paola Morra, Ph.D. (Casi clinici / Clinical Cases) Antonella Mancini, Ph.D. (Recensioni / Book Reviews) Luigi Antonello Armando, Ph.D., Jutta Beltz, M.D., Luisella Canepa, M.D., Andrea Castiello d’Antonio, Ph.D., Silvano Massa, M.D., Paolo Migone, M.D., Pietro Pascarelli, M.D. (Riviste / Journals)
Coordinatore della redazione/Contacts: Paolo Migone, M.D., Via Palestro 14, 43123 Parma PR, Italy, tel. +(39) 0521-960595, e-mail
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Issue 4/2010 

Joel Whitebook, Psicoanalisi, religione e progetto di autonomia (Psychoanalysis, religion, and the project of autonomy)
Luigi Antonello Armando, Dalla nuova Atene a Tebe. Il trauma in Freud e secondo Freud (From the new Athens to Thebes. trauma in Freud and according to Freud)
Paolo Migone, Una critica all’articolo di Manfred Pohlen "Il potere d’influenzamento dell’analista e la verità del suo metodo" (A critique to Manfred Pohlen’s paper "the influencing power of the psychoanalyst and the truth of his method")
Paolo Migone, Risposta all’intervento di Gherardo Amadei (Rebuttal to Gherardo Amadei’s comment)
Recensioni (Book reviews)
Indici (Indexes)
Felice Cimatti, Linguaggio e religione. Lacan sull’umano come "animale malato" (Language and religion: on Lacan’s concept of the human being as "sick animal")
Paul Parin, Perché gli psicoanalisti sono tanto restii a prendere posizione sui problemi scottanti dei nostri tempi. Una prospettiva etnologica (1978) (Why psychoanalysts are so reluctant to take position on hot issues of their time. an ethnological perspective)
Gherardo Amadei, Alcune considerazioni sull’articolo di Paolo Migone "Il problema della ‘traduzione’ di aspetti delle filosofie orientali nella psicoterapia occidentale" (Some considerations on Paolo Migone’s (2010) paper "the problem of ‘translation’ of aspects of oriental philosophies into western psychotherapy")
Henry Pinamonti, Emilia Colajanni, Interventi sul caso Luca (Comments on Luca case)
Riviste (Journals)

Issue 3/2010 

Jerome C. Wakefield, Patologizzare la normalità: l’incapacità della psichiatria di individuare i falsi positivi nelle diagnosi dei disturbi mentali (Misdiagnosing normality: psychiatry’s failure to address the problem of false positive diagnoses of mental disorder in a changing professional environment)
Gilberto Corbellini, Jervis e i pregiudizi "di sinistra" contro la biologia (Jervis and the "leftist" prejudices against biology)
Manfred Pohlen, Il potere d’influenzamento dell’analista e la verità del suo metodo
Gabriele Vezzani, Leggevamo Gramsci e Marcuse (We were reading gramsci and marcuse)
Luigi Cavallaro, Darwin versus Marx? Note in margine a un libro di Giovanni Jervis (Darwin versus marx? reflections on a book by Giovanni Jervis)
Massimo Marraffa, Jervis sul naturalismo darwiniano, la psicologia dinamica e i giochi di ultimatum (Jervis on darwinian naturalism, dynamic psychology, and ultimatum bargaining games)
Mafia e psicoterapia: notazioni su una ricerca (Mafia and psychotherapy: notes on a research)
Ruggiero Lamantea, Paola Freer, Sandra Zanelli, Interventi sul caso Luca
Riviste ; Programma 2011 dei "Seminari Internazionali di Psicoterapia e Scienze Umane" ; Informazioni per gli abbonati e i lettori

Issue 2/2010 

Jack Drescher, Storia del rapporto tra omosessualità e istituzione psicoanalitica
Alberto Luchetti, La traduzione, esigenza e possibilità dell'opera
Pietro Pellegrini, Ancora sulla responsabilità in psichiatria
I "Seminari Internazionali di Psicoterapia e Scienze Umane" ; Informazioni per gli abbonati e i lettori
Adele Nunziante Cesarò, Anna Zurolo, Il paradigma della seduzione materna: note storiche sui destini di un concetto freudiano
Marianna Bolko, Nota introduttiva al libro di Tilmann Moser. La psicoanalista sul divano. Frammenti di un'analisi didattica ; Studio e archivio di Paul Parin presso la "Università Privata Sigmund Freud Vienna Parigi"
Milena Pascotto, Ettore Jogan, Paolo Migone, Casi clinici: Il caso Luca ; Interventi sul caso Luca

Issue 1/2010 

Jonathan Shedler, L'efficacia della terapia psicodinamica
Berthold Rothschild, Il "familiarismo". Notizie dall'interno dell'idillio
Paolo Caruso, Intervista con Jacques lacan (1966)
Paolo Migone, Editoriale
Paolo Migone, Il problema della "traduzione" di aspetti delle filosofie orientali nella psicoterapia occidentale
Thomas von Salis, Il contributo di Armando Bauleo al concetto di gruppo
Manuela Trinci, Milvia Franzolini Morra, Thomas von Salis, Adriana Grotta, Ferruccio Bianchi, Interventi sul caso Laurent

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