Holding: an area for cultivating a not yet existing subjectivity.

Author/s Alberto Lorenzini
Publishing Year 2015 Issue 2015/1 Language Italian
Pages 10 P. 55-64 File size 60 KB
DOI 10.3280/RPR2015-001005
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Reflecting on Joyce Slochower’s pages, Lorenzini reflects on the endless polemics that characterized the discussion on empathy, references to the self and developmental deficits among relational clinicians. He is convinced that this confusion derives from a dangerous conceptual void directly related to the revolution tried by self psychologies and the relational movement: to put subjectivity at the centre of the psychological life of human beings. This is why he starts his discussion with an effort at clarifying some basic tenets on subjectivity and consciousness. He then continues by suggesting that the false dichotomy that opposes holding and mutuality depends on the frequent fallacy of locating subjectivity at the emotional level of consciousness. In procedural terms holding and mutuality can find a union and contribute to creating the indispensable area for cultivating the development of the patient’s subjectivity.

Keywords: Holding, consciousness, subjectivity, self, mutuality, relational tendency

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Alberto Lorenzini, L’holding, terreno di coltura del Sé in "RICERCA PSICOANALITICA" 1/2015, pp 55-64, DOI: 10.3280/RPR2015-001005