Transgenerational transmission of pain: an expression of inhabiting the other

Journal title INTERAZIONI
Author/s Manuela Antenucci, Fiorella Ceppi, Lucio Maciocia, Chiara Manfredini
Publishing Year 2022 Issue 2022/1 Language Italian
Pages 11 P. 47-57 File size 161 KB
DOI 10.3280/INT2022-001007
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The authors highlight how, in the clinical practice of the psychoanalytic multifamily group, the emergence of traumatic memories and related emotional experiences allows us to perceive the existence of pathogenic "presences" in the internal world of suffering people. Such "presences" possess a permanent, secret and occult power of conditioning, very hard to grasp in other contexts. Pathogenic identifications that block the development of their own egoic re-sources are structured around these "presences" and the subject will live inhabited and pos-sessed by others who prevent him from being himself. This paper describes how the specific functioning of the group makes it possible to start processes for the construction of transform-ative identifications which are gradually able to reduce the pathogenic power of such presences. Mutual mirroring, the functioning of the group as an "enlarged mind" and the emergence of healthy personal virtuality are the elements that allow the person to start think-ing, through the other, what was impossible to think on his or her own. In particular with re-spect to his or her own pathogenic interdependencies. The presence of the other becomes of support in the disclosure of an authentic Self and in the construction of an integrous subjective identity.

Keywords: maddening object, pathogenic identifications, pathological and pathogenic interdi-pendences, mutual mirroring, amplified mind, healthy virtuality.

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Manuela Antenucci, Fiorella Ceppi, Lucio Maciocia, Chiara Manfredini, La trasmissione transgenerazionale del dolore: espressione dell’abitare l’altro in "INTERAZIONI" 1/2022, pp 47-57, DOI: 10.3280/INT2022-001007