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On the function of symptoms and complaints. Professional pretexts in clinical psychology
Author/s: Attà Negri, Luca Belotti 
Year:  2017 Issue: Language: Italian 
Pages:  15 Pg. 21-35 FullText PDF:  187 KB
DOI:  10.3280/RPR2017-003003
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The authors present a reflection of the function patients’ symptoms and complaints. Their description at the start of treatment functions as a pretext to justify and initiate the therapeutic relationship, to reactivate the relational modes that patients usually experience in their context also in the therapeutic relationship, and to restart and expand, with the help of the symbolic value of symptoms, the referential process that connects the sub-symbolic system with the non-verbal and verbal symbolic systems. For this reason, complaints and symptoms form the foundation of the psychological professionalism that consists in the ability to read, therapeutically use, and orient the relationship that patients implicitly suggest to psychotherapists.
Keywords: Symptoms, symbolization, referential process, analysis of demands, relational psychopathology

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Attà Negri, Luca Belotti, On the function of symptoms and complaints. Professional pretexts in clinical psychology in "RICERCA PSICOANALITICA" 3/2017, pp. 21-35, DOI:10.3280/RPR2017-003003


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