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The forgotten nose within the virtual therapeutic groups
Journal Title: GRUPPI 
Author/s: Annachiara Cavazzana 
Year:  2019 Issue: Language: Italian 
Pages:  7 Pg. 86-92 FullText PDF:  195 KB
DOI:  10.3280/GRU2019-001007
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The human sense of smell is an area which has been under estimated, especial-ly in psychotherapy. Recently, an increasing body of ground-breaking evidence has demonstrated the crucial role that odors play in our lives. Most importantly for the topic of the present paper, each individual produces a unique odor signature which is able to communicate - mostly subconsciously - awide range of social in-formation (e.g., emotions, health status, age) to conspecifics. Nowadays, there is an ever-increasing number of people delivering psychotherapies over internet as a practical alternative to traditional methods. However, we need to consider the limi-tations linked to the non-verbal domain on the analytic dialogue. The aim of the present paper is to focus on the role of the sense of smell as a medium for convey-ing important social information within a group.
Keywords: Internet, Online psychotherapy, Sense of smell, Group, Chemosensory communication.

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Annachiara Cavazzana, The forgotten nose within the virtual therapeutic groups in "GRUPPI" 1/2019, pp. 86-92, DOI:10.3280/GRU2019-001007

   

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