The article focuses on the generative and restructuring function of the psychotherapeutic process. The empirical research that supports the contribution stems from the need to break the cage of a rigid and repetitive metapsychic organization that characterizes the psychotherapeutic relationship itself. The attention in the method is turned to the poietic capacity of every human subject, which is understood as ability to act (poiein) in absence and to give an original form to their own feelings. It is for the psychotherapist to know how to wait and recognize the poiesis in action, in the gesture and in the embodied word of the patient and to attend it to generate tolerability, to create differences and new transitions of meaning. The theoretical insights to support this perspective concern the contributions of psychoanalysts who have paid particular attention to creativity and to the potential of the tacit and not removed unconscious.
Keywords: Poiesis, creativity, negative capability, origin/original state, pre-symbolic, not removed unconscious, regression, embodiment of mind