The transcendent function in adolescence: miracle cures and bogeymen

Author/s Marica Rytovaara
Publishing Year 2012 Issue 2011/34
Language Italian Pages 16 P. 5-20 File size 202 KB
DOI 10.3280/JUN2011-034001
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This paper proposes that Damasio’s mental images, Stern’s moments of meeting and Tronick’s dyadically expanded consciousness refer to different aspects of the same psychological process as Jung describes in the transcendent function. This proposition is illustrated with two case vignettes of adolescents who functioned on a pre-symbolic level, but who through a transformative experience were catapulted into new developmental trajectories and the beginning of symbol formation.

Keywords: Adolescence, attachment theory, core consciousness, "moment of meeting", transcendent function

Marica Rytovaara, La funzione trascendente in adolescenza: la cura miracolosa e "l'uomo nero" in "STUDI JUNGHIANI" 34/2011, pp 5-20, DOI: 10.3280/JUN2011-034001