George downing's clinical-theoretical perspective and the conception of subjectivity as a living system - First of all, the Author describes the years-long clinical work carried out by G. Downing, expliciting the underlying theorical referents. Particular attention is payed to the concept of "procedural memory", as an explication of the interactive quality that character-izes every human relationship, from the craddle on. Secondarily, an attempt is made to insert such a conception into the broader perspective of the complex non-linear systems. From this vantage point, the motivation of the subject-system does not depend on the tentatively creation or maintenance of objectboundaries, but on looking for or conquering the state of "systemic coerence" in a creative and continuative process. Also, the concept of "acknow-ledgment" is reviewed from this perspective, beginning from Hegel, his Phenomenology of the Spirit and his description of the process of the self-consciousness. The explicitation by the analyst of its implicit theoretical referents is assumed as a sine qua non to create an ana-lytical pathway able to provide subjective presence in front of one’s internal states and in front of oneself.
Keywords: George Downing, procedural memory, complex non-linear systems, acknowledgment, Hegel