The interrupted body

Author/s Rossella Torretta
Publishing Year 2016 Issue 2016/2 Language Italian
Pages 14 P. 45-58 File size 78 KB
DOI 10.3280/RPR2016-002004
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Starting from individual bodies seen as means for relating and exploring the world and developing personality, the Author sees the body as a metaphor of a group and talks about his experience as leader of a group of adults that had suffered serious physical wounds. The A. suggests that these wounds can determine a breakdown in the recognition of oneself and that group work allowed these persons to work through the passage from "I am no longer", as felt after the accident, to "I still am, I can be in a different way" starting from their own bodies and finding themselves again. The lack of a part of oneself (a limb) was elaborated in the group as the mourning of what one was before, an indispensable pre-requisite for going forward and opening up again. In this article the A. reefers to Merleau-Ponty, Bion, Anzieu, Kaës and Le Breton.

Keywords: Body, group, body of group, phantom limb, non-limb

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Rossella Torretta, Il corpo interrotto in "RICERCA PSICOANALITICA" 2/2016, pp 45-58, DOI: 10.3280/RPR2016-002004