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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 4/2014 
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Pier Francesco Galli, Editoriale. L’anatra zoppa: DSM-5 e crepuscolo del diagnosticismo (Editorial. The lame duck: DSM-5 and twilight of diagnosticism)
Francesco Bottaccioli, Epigenetica e psiconeuroimmunoendocrinologia: una rivoluzione che integra psicologia e medicina (Epigenetics and psychoneuroendocrinoimmunology: A revolution that allows for an integration of psychology with medicine)
Cesare Romano, Il sogno dell’uomo dei lupi era davvero un sogno infantile? (Was the Wolf Man’s dream really a child dream?)
Marianna Bolko, Zurigo 1968: il Burghölzli dei Bleuler. Un ricordo (Zurich 1968: The Burghölzli Psychiatric Hospital of the Bleulers. A remembrance)
Antonella Mancini, Andrea Castiello d'Antonio, Mauro Fornaro, Recensioni
A cura della Redazione, Indici dell’anno 2014, volume XLVIII
A cura della Redazione, "La violenza contro le donne. Problematica dei sessi e diritti umani"
Morris N. Eagle, Perché abbiamo bisogno degli oggetti? Uno studio di psicoanalisi comparata (Why do we need objects? A study in comparative psychoanalysis)
Stefano Fissi, Quale sé viene alla mente? Sé relazionale, sé corporeo, e psiche multipla (Which self comes to mind? Bodily self, relational self, and manifold mind)
Pier Francesco Galli, Tracce. Lo studio della psicoanalisi (Zurich 1968: The Burghölzli Psychiatric Hospital of the Bleulers. A remembrance)
Adriana Grotta, Fabrizio Rizzi, Giorgio Omodeo, Chiara Malagoli, Casi clinici. Interventi sul caso simona
Jutta Beltz, Luisella Canepa, Andrea Castiello d'Antonio, Silvano Massa, Paolo Migone, Pietro Pascarelli, Mariangela Pierantozzi, Riviste. Segnalazioni di sommari di riviste italiane e straniere
A cura della Redazione, Indice delle riviste segnalate
A cura della Redazione, Psicoterapia e Scienze Umane - Incontri. Seminario con Chris Christian (New York): "Punti di convergenza tra teoria del conflitto e intersoggettività nella psicoanalisi contemporanea"

Issue 3/2014 
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Pier Francesco Galli, Silvia Montefoschi, Glauco Carloni, Mara Selvini Palazzoli, Tracce
Euro Pozzi, Riusciranno le Linee di indirizzo per il trattamento dei Disturbi Gravi di Personalità a superare la "psichiatria dell’obbedienza giurisprudenziale"? (Will the "Suggested guidelines for the treatment of severe personality disorders" succeed in overcoming the "psychiatry of judiciary obedience"?)
A cura della Redazione, Recensioni
Myron Hofer, La nuova "biologia evoluzionistica dello sviluppo": da freud all’epigenetica (The new "Evolutionary Developmental Biology": From Freud to epigenetics)
Piero Porcelli, I disturbi di somatizzazione nel DSM-5 (Somatization syndromes in the DSM-5)
Maurizio Peciccia, Sogno e disegno speculare progressivo terapeutico nella psicoterapia psicoanalitica delle psicosi (Dream and progressive mirror drawing in the psychoanalytic psychotherapy of psychoses)
Pietro Pellegrini, Considerazioni sulle prospettive della salute mentale in Italia: appunti di lavoro (On the perspectives of mental health in Italy: Working notes)
Ruggiero Lamantea, Carmelo Conforto, Anna Maria Loiacono, Casi Clinici. Interventi sul caso Simona
A cura della Redazione, Riviste. Segnalazioni di sommari di riviste italiane e straniere
Pier Francesco Galli, Editoriale. Quante storie, per la psichiatria
Massimo Marraffa, Elisabetta Sirgiovanni, Aspetti epistemologici della neuropsichiatria cognitiva (Epistemological aspects of cognitive neuropsychiatry)
David Meghnagi, Immagini dell’ebreo e dell’antisemita nell’umorismo ebraico (Portrayals of the Jewish and of the anti-Semite in Jewish humor)

Issue 2/2014 
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Lawrence Friedman, Il discreto e il continuo nel saggio di Freud ricordare, ripetere e rielaborare (The discrete and the continuous in Freud’s "Remembering, repeating and working through")
Andrea Angelozzi, Riflessioni sulla direzione di un dipartimento di salute mentale (Some thoughts on the direction of a Community Mental Health Center)
Pier Francesco Galli, Alberto Merini, Tracce. (Team work with psychologists and psychiatrists)
A cura della Redazione, Dibattiti. La situazione attuale della psicoanalisi (The current state of psychoanalysis)
A cura della Redazione, Recensioni
Pier Francesco Galli, Editoriale. Psichiatria senza carisma
Cristian Muscelli, Giovanni Stanghellini, La vulnerabilità ai tempi dell’istantaneità: il presente e la condizione borderline (Vulnerability in the time of instantaneity. The present and the borderline condition)
René Roussillon, L’oggetto coppia (The object couple)
Alberto Merini, Servizio pubblico e psicoterapia (Community psychiatry and psychotherapy)
Chiara Malagoli, Nella Guidi, Gianni Guasto, Casi Clinici
A cura della Redazione, Riviste

Issue 1/2014 
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Pier Francesco Galli, Silvano Arieti, Silvano Arieti, Gaetano Benedetti e Christian Müller alle origini della psicoterapia delle psicosi in Italia. Premessa. Psicodinamica e psicoterapia delle psicosi schizofreniche (1962) (Psychodynamics and psychotherapy of schizophrenic psychoses)
Christian Muller, Evoluzione storica della psicoterapia delle psicosi (Historical overview on psychotherapy of psychoses)
Roberta Musella, Cinzia Chiappini, Adriana Grotta, Luisella Canepa, Interventi sul caso Leo
A cura della Redazione, Riviste / "Seminari Internazionali di Psicoterapia e Scienze Umane" Programma dell’anno 2014 / Informazioni per gli abbonati e i lettori
Otto F. Kernberg, Come prevenire il suicidio degli istituti psicoanalitici (Suicide prevention for psychoanalytic institutes and societies)
Gaetano Benedetti, Relazione introduttiva: Dialettica della situazione psicoterapeutica (Dialectic polarities in the psychotherapeutic situation)
Gaetano Benedetti, Psicodinamica e psicoterapia della schizofrenia paranoide (Psychodynamics and psychotherapy of paranoid schizophrenia)
A cura della Redazione, Recensioni/ Libri ricevuti
Pier Francesco Galli, Editoriale
Mauricio Cortina, Giovanni Liotti, Una concezione evoluzionistica della motivazione: implicazioni per il dialogo clinico (An evolutionary perspective on motivation: Implications for clinical dialogue.)

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