Correndo con le forbici in mano, diretto da Ryan Murphy (2006) e tratto dal libro autobiografico di Augusten Burroughs (2002), mostra i comportamenti e le modalità relazionali di diversi personaggi ascrivibili all’area "borderline": la crisi adolescenziale d’identità, i problemi di separazione e attaccamento, la sessualizzazione, la ricerca di un contesto ambientale vivibile (metafora dell’"adozione"), la ribellione verso figure di attaccamento ambivalentemente idealizzate, le derive psicotiche. Al centro di queste dinamiche vi è il Dr. Finch, bizzarro psicoanalista post-freudiano, attore di gravi infrazioni del setting e di altre forme di malpractice in parte necessarie per gestire la sua "famiglia allargata", una sorta di "comunità terapeutica" costituita da pazienti, figli naturali e adottivi. Questo gruppo, mantenuto da una idealizzazione del terapeuta, si disgrega lentamente consentendo ad Augusten, per contrasto, di elaborare la propria crisi adolescenziale.)" />
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The "adoption" of borderline patients. Notes on a movie
Journal Title: PSICOTERAPIA E SCIENZE UMANE 
Author/s: Riccardo Dalle Luche 
Year:  2011 Issue: Language: Italian 
Pages:  12 Pg. 227-238 FullText PDF:  337 KB
DOI:  10.3280/PU2011-002005
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In the movie Running with Scissors, directed by Ryan Murphy (2006) and adapted from Augusten Burroughs’ (2002) autobiographical novel, we can see many features of "borderline" psychopathology, both from the psychopathological and the relational points of view. In particular, we see the ambivalent struggle between dependence and idealization from one side, and devaluation and autonomy from the other. Several therapeutic mistakes and malpractice episodes characterize the professional behavior of Dr. Finch (the post-Freudian psychoanalyst depicted in the movie); in particular, he uses to "adopt" his patients and their children, mixing them with his own family, in a sort of "therapeutic community". However, he shows good therapeutic abilities during severe psychotic breakdowns of his patients. Despite Dr. Finch’s incorrect approach, the period spent by Augusten Burroughs within Dr. Finch’s bizarre family allows him to overcome his adolescence crisis.
Keywords: Borderline psychopathology, psychiatry and the movies, psychotherapy of borderline personality disorder, therapeutic community, adoption

Riccardo Dalle Luche, The "adoption" of borderline patients. Notes on a movie in "PSICOTERAPIA E SCIENZE UMANE" 2/2011, pp. 227-238, DOI:10.3280/PU2011-002005

   

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