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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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Correspondence: Paolo Migone, M.D., Via Palestro 14, 43123 Parma PR, Italy, tel./fax +(39) 0521-960595, E-Mail; Further information on the history and overall aims of the Psicoterapia e Scienze Umane group is available at:

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Issue 4/2013 
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Paolo Migone, Presentazione del DSM-5 (Presentation of DSM-5)
Maurizio Balsamo, Movimenti dell’identico nella relazione analitica (Movements of the "identical" in the psychoanalytic relationship)
Pietro Pellegrini, Euro Pozzi, Dibattiti (Some reflections on the "Recommendations for suicide prevention".)
A cura della Redazione, Recensioni
A cura della Redazione, Indici dell’anno 2013, volume XLVII /Programma 2014 dei "Seminari Internazionali di Psicoterapia e Scienze Umane" / Referees e correttori di bozze per l'anno 2013 / Informazioni per gli abbonati e i lettori
Mauro Fornaro, Come validare le interpretazioni e le spiegazioni in clinica senza ricorrere alla ricerca empirica (How can we confirm clinical interpretations and explanations without resorting to empirical research.)
Claudio Magris, Titto Perlini, Tracce (The sacred and the technique)
Paola Morra, Casi clinici
A cura della Redazione, Riviste. Segnalazioni di sommari di riviste italiane e straniere

Issue 3/2013 
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Adriano Zamperini, Marialuisa Menegatto, La violenza collettiva e il g8 di Genova. trauma psicopolitico e terapia sociale della testimonianza (Collective violence and the Genoa G8 summit. Psycho-political trauma and social therapy of testimony.)
Diego Napolitani, Tracce. Psicoanalisi e gruppoanalisi (1981) (Psychoanalysis and group-analysis)
Pierrette Lavanchy, Giorgio Maffi, Casi clinici. Interventi sul caso Leo
A cura della Redazione, Riviste
Riconoscimento dell’efficacia della psicoterapia (Recognition of psychotherapy effectiveness)
Alberto Stefana, Alessio Gamba, Cenni storici sul controtransfert: da Freud alla scuola inglese delle relazioni oggettuali (Historical notes on countertransference: From Freud to the British object relations school)
Luisella Canepa, Casi clinici. Il caso Leo
A cura della Redazione, Recensioni / schede / Libri ricevuti
A cura della Redazione, "Seminari Internazionali di Psicoterapia e Scienze Umane" Programma dell’anno 2014 / Informazioni per gli abbonati e i lettori

Issue 2/2013 
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A cura della Redazione, Editoriale
A cura della Redazione, Gli autori di questo numero speciale
Alberto Burgio, Acconsentire allo sterminio. Per un’indagine sui motivi del consenso di massa ai crimini del nazismo (Agreeing with the extermination. An analysis of the reasons behind the mass consent to Nazism’s crimes)
Enrico Donaggio, Dissonanze del totalitarismo. Banalità del male o servitù volontaria? (Dissonances of totalitarianism. Banality of evil or voluntary servitude?)
Costerbosa Marina Lalatta, Diritto e consenso nella Germania nazista. La prospettiva dei perpetratori (Law and consent in Nazi Germany: The perpetrators’ perspective)
Paul Corner, Auschwitz e impero: le violenze dell’imperialismo (Auschwitz and empire: The violence of imperialism)
Marcella H. Ravenna, Un caso esemplare di costruzione del consenso: la realizzazione dell’Aktion T4 nella Germania nazista
Fabio Dei, Banalità del male e costruzione culturale della violenza (Banality of evil and social construction of violence)
A cura della Redazione, La locandina del convegno
Alberto Burgio, Adriano Zamperini, Il male e l’azione umana. Un percorso di ricerca interdisciplinare (Evil and human action. An interdisciplinary research project)
Simona Forti, Metafisica e microfisica del male: dai demoni assoluti ai demoni mediocri (Metaphysics and microphysics of evil: From absolute demons to mediocre demons)
Massimo La Torre, Diritto e male. un’approssimazione
Giacomo Todeschini, "Noi ne siamo testimoni, noi che fummo con lui, noi felici pochi". La costruzione europea del pensiero razzista come dinamica linguistica di allontanamento dal noi ("We who were witnesses, we who were with him, we happy few". European construction of the racist thought as linguistic dynamics of the removal from the "we".)
Chiara Volpato, Negare l’altro. La deumanizzazione e le sue forme (Denying the other: The forms of dehumanization)
Adriano Zamperini, Banalità dell’indifferenza. Ambivalenza di un sentimento (non sempre) al servizio del male (The banality of indifference. Ambivalence of a feeling (not always) at the service of evil)
Alberto Burgio, Costerbosa Marina Lalatta, Consenso e responsabilità nella Germania nazista. Intervista a Enzo Collotti (Consent and responsibility in Nazi Germany. An interview to Enzo Collotti)

Issue 1/2013 
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Pat Bracken, Philip Thomas, Sami Timimi, Eia Asen, Graham Behr, Carl Beuster, Seth Bhunnoo, Ivor Browne, Navjyoat Chhina, Duncan Double, Simon Downer, Chris Evans, Suman Fernando, Malcolm Garland, William Hopkins, Rhodri Huws, Bob Johnson, Brian Martindale, Hugh Middleton, Daniel Moldavsky, Joanna Moncrieff, Simon Mullins, Una psichiatria al di là dell’attuale paradigma (Psychiatry beyond the current paradigm)
Paolo Migone, Equivoci epistemologici e clinici a proposito della cosiddetta "integrazione" tra farmaci e psicoterapia (Epistemological and clinical misunderstandings on the so-called "integration" of medication with psychotherapy)
Pier Francesco Galli, Tracce. Introduzione
Federica Melandri, Natascia Ranieri, Lucia Simona Bonifati, Casi clinici. Interventi sul caso K.
A cura della Redazione, Schede
A cura della Redazione, "Seminari Internazionali di Psicoterapia e Scienze Umane" Programma dell’anno 2013
Pier Francesco Galli, Paolo Migone, Editoriale. Psichiatria: il tramonto delle certezze
Cecilia Codignola, Monica Luci, La sfida delle famiglie omogenitoriali (The challenge of same-sex parenting)
Luigi Antonello Armando, Il sogno come trauma quotidiano e la responsabilità dell’interprete. Una rilettura de l’interpretazione dei sogni di Freud (Dream as daily trauma, and the interpreter's responsibility. A rereading ofFreud’s The Interpretation of Dreams)
Massimo Cappitti, Intervista a Michele Ranchetti (An interview to Michele Ranchetti)
A cura della Redazione, Recensioni
A cura della Redazione, Riviste - Segnalazioni di sommari di riviste italiane e straniere

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