Quaderni dell’Associazione di Studi Psicoanalitici
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The A.S.P.’s editorial activity began in 1990 with the A.S.P. Notebooks (Quaderni dell’A.S.P.), the journal that was later to become Setting, in 1996. Edited by FrancoAngeli since 2005, it has since been recognized as a specific contribution within the contemporary clinical psychoanalytic debate. With its particular attention to the "inextricable bind" between theory, clinical activity and research and to the most creatively critical voices within psychoanalysis, from Infant Research to neuroscientific contributions, Setting aims to support the boundless and "endless" psychoanalytic training based on Freud’s works. Setting’s mission is to open the debate between different approaches, to foster the dialogue between the sciences of the mind and of the brain, and support the continuous revision and development of one’s theoretical models that being a psychotherapist and a psychoanalyst necessarily requires.
The "Letters" and "Comments" sections aim to offer suggestions to readers for the exploration of theoretical and technical issues, rather than merely reaffirm the Association’s or the editorial board’s scientific or cultural approaches. Setting wants to open the A.S.P. to comparison and introduce contemporary issues within the psychoanalytical debate. The A.S.P. was founded in 1987 by a group of psychoanalysts trained by Gaetano Benedetti (Basel) and Johannes Cremerius (Freiburg im Bresgau) and by their ex-students at the Psychoanalytical Psychotherapy Center of Milan in via Alberto da Giussano. Benedetti and Cremerius’s approach, since the 1960s, has always been dissonant compared to the mainstream Italian psychoanalytical landscape, as it tended to integrate Freud’s structural theory with the later developments of Object Relations Theory and, in particular, with the theoretical conceptualizations of the so-called British "middle group" - now known as the "British Independents" - who sought to bring together some Kleinian positions with elements derived from Ego Psychology. Both Benedetti, who was primarily interested in psychotherapeutical approaches to psychosis, and Cremerius, in his technical papers and writings on analytic training, moreover, paved the way to a critical reading of society and a post-Freudian exploration of the relationship between society and psychoanalysis, which Setting seeks to continue and develop.
Among the main issues Setting has sought to explore, there have been a set of articles which, drawing from Object Relations Theory, have dealt with the conceptualization of field theory models and, more recently, of epistemological and technical problems connected to the co-presence of divergent approaches in post-modern psychoanalysis and of relativism and extreme constructivism. Nor has there been a lack of articles drawing from contemporary Ego Psychology, focusing on issues such as the analyst’s attention to and work on the Ego’s unconscious defenses and on the patient’s intra-psychic world. Bridging both trends there have been contributions on the psychoanalytic process from an empirical research perspective, which have been one of the publication’s distinguishing features. While drawing upon different methodologies, these contributions seek to bridge research and practice or test the validity of certain core theoretical constructs, such as Attachment Theory and the systemic-dyadic model of change in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis.
Other important trends have included: the need to bridge the gap between psychoanalysis and neuroscience; psychotherapy with particularly difficult patients, such as those diagnosed as schizophrenic or borderline, at a time when client-focused models seem to dominante, together with a certain standardization of psychiatric assistance and the rise of "covert hospitalization" practices; problems concerning an authentically psychoanalytic training

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Issue 22/2006 

Laura Andreoli, La dimensione della "presenza" nella psicoterapia psicoanalitica della psicosi di Gaetano Benedetti
Vittorio Lingiardi, L'amore in una stanza
Giorgio Cavallari, Egidia Albertini, La soggettività come fattore emergente nel corso dello sviluppo del Sé e nel processo terapeutico
Daniela Maggioni, Gianna Pesce, Pietro Stefanini, Essere psicoanalisti oggi: Sergio Bordi
Daniela Maggioni, Per una teoria unitaria della psicoanalisi contemporanea
Gianna Pesce, Un ricordo di Sergio Bordi
Pietro Stefanini, Un pomeriggio con Sergio Bordi
Ciro Elia, Omosessualità, psicoanalisi e D.I.C.O.
Daniela Maggioni, Una voce francese della psichiatria istituzionale: Patrick Faugeras
Patricia Carette, Patrick Faugeras, Inventare il quotidiano
Gioia Gorla, (a cura di), Giuseppe Leo, Il lato oscuro di Dio. Percorsi di lettura del libro di Gaetano Benedetti "Riflessioni ed esperienze religiose in psicoterapia"
Luisa Crevenna, "E se scendessi laggiù?"
A cura della Redazione, Notizie

Issue 21/2006 

Ciro Elia, Nel 150° anniversario della nascita di Freud
Maria Ponsi, Il transfert oggi. Le trasformazioni del transfert nell'era pluralistica della psicoanalisi
Marco Casonato, Una metodologia "carta e matita" per la ricerca psicoanalitica
Annalisa Aprile, Laura Bercich, Giovanna Marazzi, Giovanna Rizzato, Anna Sordelli, Claudia Zanardi, Nelly Irene Zita, Ripensare insieme l'isteria. Riflessioni in un gruppo
Marco Conci, Roberto Carnevali, Essere psicoanalisti oggi: incontro con Stefano Bolognini / Intervista con Stefano Bolognini (M. Conci) / La complessità nel lavoro clinico di Stefano Bolognini. Note a margine (R. Carnevali)
Gea Besso, Sonia Cattaneo, Barbara Gerosa, Pietro Pagani, La psicoterapia in day hospital: l'evoluzione nel tempo di un'esperienza clinica condivisa

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