Mary’s story: the "wrong male". Hate is a blanket that hides the meaning of things

Author/s Agostino Vietri, Alessia Buccino
Publishing Year 2021 Issue 2021/1
Language Italian Pages 12 P. 89-100 File size 167 KB
DOI 10.3280/PSOB2021-001009
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The clinical case is based on the integration of individual and family psychotherapeutic interventions. The personal and clinical history of Mary underlines the importance of welcoming and amplifying redundant emotions to later reconstruct their hidden network of meanings. In order to achieve this, we needed a family. The journey through the myths and family has allowed to recognize, explain and finally re-negotiate the meanings of the emotions, so as to create a new space of freedom. It was possible to define the mandate assigned to each family member and introduce new elements. Family therapy, through the creation of metaphorical images and narrative tools, allowed the patient to visualize, for the first time, a future that would set her free, overcoming hate and at the same time preserving the bond with her family. Individual therapy has supported these transformations that, without a shared family space, would have created friction which would have been difficult to get rid of without pain.

Keywords: Psychotherapy; metaphorical tools; family myth; transgenerational mandate; hate

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Agostino Vietri, Alessia Buccino, La storia di Maria, il "maschio sbagliato" L’odio è una coperta che nasconde il senso delle cose in "PSICOBIETTIVO" 1/2021, pp 89-100, DOI: 10.3280/PSOB2021-001009