Weaving Thoughts. A method for presenting and commenting psychoanalytic case mate-rial in a peer group

Journal title INTERAZIONI
Publishing Year 2023 Issue 2023/2
Language Italian Pages 28 P. 105-132 File size 269 KB
DOI 10.3280/INT2023-002010
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The authors argue that there are good reasons for seriously considering the dynamics of the peer group when discussing psychoanalytical case material. The setting and proce-dure have to protect and facilitate for the presenter and the group members to work to-gether. The aim of this paper is to discuss the problems connected with presenting and discussing clinical psychoanalytical material in a peer group and to describe one such specific method, which the authors call the Weaving Thoughts method. The design is primarily inspired by Bion’s formulation thoughts in search of a thinker. The group par-ticipants reflect on the presented clinical material in a way that the authors metaphorical-ly describe as creating a weave of thoughts that emerges from the material. The aim of the method is to facilitate a work-group climate that allows thoughts to wander about, and to avert group members from debating and compromising the integrity of its mem-bers by letting basic assumptions come into power. The method is described from theo-retical and practical points of view, with two illustrations of seminars according to this design and finally a discussion of the advantages and drawbacks of the method.

Keywords: psychoanalysis, Bion, child psychoanalysis, case presentation, group psycho-logy, supervision.

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, Tessitura di pensieri (Weaving Thoughts) Un metodo per presentare e discutere il materiale clinico psicoanalitico in un gruppo tra pari in "INTERAZIONI" 2/2023, pp 105-132, DOI: 10.3280/INT2023-002010