A developmental perspective on psychotherapy focuses on the future more than on the past, and on the relationship between disorders and developmental tasks in the life cycle, taking into account the way affective roles are realized in a social and cultural context. From a technical point of view, rather than the development of mentalizing capacity and of a positive therapeutic relationship, it is aimed at transforming the system of ideal values of the self. Affective re-symbolization is a type of interpretation grounded in a theory of meaning as a structure of motivational systems. This perspective, based on Franco Fornari’s (1921-1985) theory of affective codes, is open to facilitate decision making in psychotherapy.
Keywords: Interpretation; Developmental psychotherapy; Motivational systems; Affective codes; Franco Fornari’s theory