Alfonso Santarpia

Alfonso Santarpia
Université de Sherbrooke | UdeS · Department of Psychology

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Introduction
My research is principally concerned with approaches in the humanistic-existential traditions. I adopt quali-quantitative methods. I study the narrative and psychophysiological effects of modified states of consciousness (awe, relaxation, hypnosis, shamanism) on the participants. I am interested in the role of art (clowning, dancing, painting, poetry) in palliative care, in awe experience and tragic events (Ex. Covid-19). I am intrigued by Metaphor and Embodiment in psychopathology.
Additional affiliations
November 2019 - present
Université de Sherbrooke
Position
  • Professor
September 2012 - present
Aix-Marseille Université
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
Description
  • Discourse Analysis via Software Psychology and Psychopathology of bodily experience Humanistic and Existential Psychotherapy The use of the poetry in the palliative care Applied Psychophysiology
September 2003 - August 2007
Université de Vincennes - Paris 8
Position
  • ATER
Education
September 2002 - December 2020
September 2001 - December 2007
Université de Vincennes - Paris 8
Field of study
  • Clinical Psychology
September 1995 - September 2020
Sapienza University of Rome
Field of study
  • Clinical Psychology

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Publications (70)
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This qualitative study seeks to present the discursive effects of SADUPA, a new poetry-based technique centered on haiku, in the context of ontological treatment. The technique is used with a terminal cancer patient, Mr A. The psychological processes involved with and the poetic writings arising from the technique are discussed. In particular, the...
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This article explores the theme of presence of the psychotherapist, a concept that has been of particular interest in humanistic and existential approaches. Presence was first associated with the humanistic attitudes of the practitioner and the way he or she embodies these attitudes in the here and now of the encounter. Since the publication in 200...
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The aim of this qualitative research is to describe how the parents perceive the work of hospital clowns in the context of bereavement. Using the text analysis software T-LAB (Version 9.1.3) with a co-occurrence strategy we examined several bereaved parents’ narratives related to the clowning. We showed six themes from parents’ narratives: “The Fun...
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This document has been translated by Ms. Sanam Talim under the supervision of Prof. John Humbley, at Université de Paris. Original french paper: Santarpia, A., Brabant, E., Jauffret, E., Mouysset, J.-L., & Menicacci, A. (2019). Effets revitalisants de la Danse Mouvement Thérapie dans la remission du cancer du sein. Psycho-Oncologie, 13(3-4), 191-20...
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We make meaning of disease, suffering, and death through narrative, by telling a story. In a therapeutic narrative approach this paper explores the influence of shamanic intervention in psycho-oncology. This qualitative study seeks to present the narrative effects of detailed shamanic sessions (the use of the drum, and telling and interpreting visi...
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French Le but de cet article est de décrire le travail de guérison en contexte oncologique, à travers le repérage et la mobilisation des métaphores corporelles, dans la narration des patients, après une expérience artistique. Notre hypothèse est que le travail psychique avec les arts (et l’imagination des artistes), en présence du psychothérapeute...
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Objectif : Cette étude qualitative vise à décrire les effets narratifs d’un protocole d’accompagnement psychooncologique s’appuyant sur les productions picturales d’une proche aidante (Mme Rose, 70 ans) accompagnant son mari atteint d’un cancer incurable. Matériel et méthode : Il s’agit d’un protocole autour de la figuration picturale de la proche...
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Interviews with two grieving parents, realised by the clinical psychologist Marjorie ROMANI-CESARO within the framework of her master 2 work at the University of Aix Marseille, under the direction of Mr Alfonso Santarpia, year 2016-2017.
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French. Dans ce chapitre nous proposons la clinique psychocorporelle à orientation humaniste/existentielle. Elle se centre sur l’identification de la désorganisation du soi-minimal avec ses systèmes motivationnels et sur la proposition de nouvelles expériences impliquant la conscience émotionnelle des patients. Nous détaillons deux interventions cl...
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Ce travail d’écriture relate une présentation orale (effectuée à plusieurs voix ) au colloque « Vers des archives de la Présence » (9 et 10 mai 2019, Université du Québec à Montréal) organisé par Florence Vinit et Sanja Andus L’Hotellier. Il s’inscrit dans un projet de recherche québécois, financé par le FRQSC (mai 2018-mai 2022, Fonds de recherche...
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Objectif : Cette étude qualitative vise à décrire les effets revitalisants d’un protocole de Danse Mouvement Thérapie chez une patiente en rémission d’un cancer du sein, Mme Magnolia (66 ans). Matériel et méthodes : Mme Magnolia participe à un atelier de Danse Mouvement Thérapie composé de dix moments d’expérience corporelle. Nous utilisons d’abord...
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The refugee crisis experienced by Europe over recent years has generated widespread concern over migration across various European countries. This concern has also fuelled nationalist sentiments amongst European citizens, who fear that their ways of life stand to be displaced or eroded by others. In particular, concerns surrounding the presence and...
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First lines: In recent years, elections in EU countries have been generally regarded as momentsof truth for European institutions. The 2018 electoral results in Italy and Sloveniadisproved the idea that pro-EU stances were back in the foreground, as EmmanuelMacron’s and Mark Rutte’s 2017 victories in France and the Netherlands respectivelyhad previ...
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The chapter reports the main findings of an analysis of cultural milieus of a sample of 11 European countries (Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, Spain, United Kingdom). The analysis is based on a questionnaire (View of Context—VOC) applied to a sample built through a two-step procedure of post-hoc random...
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This chapter reports the analysis of the distribution and characteristics of the segments of people associated with the symbolic universes. Analyses comprise seven countries are in Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, United Kingdom. The aim of these analysis is to understand if and to what extent socio-demographic and psycho-socia...
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The goal of this qualitative research was to achieve a deeper psychological understanding of professional hospital clown work with hospitalized children during their end-of-life care period. Using a statistical text analysis with a co-occurrence strategy we showed several narrative categories from a clown’s perspective: “Tragic metamorphosis”, “Med...
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People with schizophrenia have marked emotional and relational difficulties, such as those with eye contact where there is a markedly strong tendency to avoid looking frontally at others appears when occupying a shared space with strangers. A prominent feature of emotional dysregulation in schizophrenia is clinically evident in blunted affect, ofte...
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The goal of this conference is showing the use of classic music, the shamanic mythology and the clowing in palliative care.
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The paper outlines a cultural–psychological interpretation of the current European societies’ socio-institutional crisis. To this end, preliminarily, the cultural psychological view of social behaviour is outlined, focusing on the idea that socio-political choices depend on how people make sense of their world. Second, the paper provides an interpr...
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The paper outlines a cultural–psychological interpretation of the current European societies’ socio-institutional crisis. To this end, preliminarily, the cultural psychological view of social behaviour is outlined, focusing on the idea that socio-political choices depend on how people make sense of their world. Second, the paper provides an interpr...
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This prospectus is a synthesis of my conference. Psychiatry Grand Rounds (McGill University), at the Allan Memorial Institute, on Friday April 20th, 2018, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. -Body and creative metaphors in psychotherapy, psychopathology and psycho-oncology. It is organized into 3 parts: the discursive and therapeutic of body-related verb...
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Cet article illustre le travail clinique d’orientation humaniste en psycho-oncologie. Dans un premier temps, nous allons présenter les notions et les attitudes mobilisées par le clinicien dans l’écoute et la prise en charge de la souffrance du patient. La réintroduction d’un espace de réhumanisation, le travail sur la présence thérapeutique, le tra...
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This paper reports the framework, method and main findings of an analysis of cultural milieus in 4 European countries (Estonia, Greece, Italy, and UK). The analysis is based on a questionnaire applied to a sample built through a two-step procedure of post-hoc random selection from a broader dataset based on an online survey. Responses to the questi...
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Aim: The aim of our qualitative study was to describe the narrative effects of a specific and structured protocol focused on classical music sessions, which we administered to a patient (Mrs. M, aged 60), who had experienced a metastatic cancer. Material and Methods: The protocol consists of 4 steps (Times): a preliminary exploratory interview (T1...
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The View of Context (VOC) is a survey instrument designed to detect the content of generalized affect-laden meanings embedded within large-scale cultural milieus. Generalized affect-laden meanings work as basic embodied system of assumptions channelling the way of feeling, thinking, making decision. The paper outlines the theoretical and methodolog...
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The project of this book consists in defining the basic philosophical principles and the therapeutic techniques (dialogical, bodily) in humanistic/existential tradition. Organized in seven chapters. The first is devoted to the origins of humanistic psychotherapy with a particular development on the work of Rogers and Maslow, in the light of recent...
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Sixteen Universities and Research Centres, covering 13 European countries, are working together to investigate what kind of social identity change is occurring in Europe in time of crisis. The three-year project started in May 2015. It is aimed at analyzing cultures of European societies and the impacts of the socio-economic crisis on them, in orde...
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Le projet Re.Cri.Re a pour but d’appréhender les mutations et l’évolution de l’identité sociale au sein des sociétés européennes. Ce projet de type recherche-action permettra de soumettre des propositions pour améliorer l’efficacité des politiques futures pour la construction d’un scénario post-crise. Le projet est basé sur l’hypothèse que les pays...
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Aim Our study aims to describe the discourse effects of specific and structured protocol focused on several haiku poems about one patient, who have experienced cancer. Procedure The protocol consists of 4 steps: a preliminary exploratory interview, fifteen haiku proposed without a part of the poem (a creative writing filled in by the patient), a fr...
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English Abstract and French Abstract Hypnosis is central to the history of psychotherapy, its practice is now supported by accurate scientific knowledges, but it asks an poetic use of the speech in therapeutic relationship, working by imagery and metaphors. Poetical touch of hypnosis gives us the ability to create, deepen, rebuild emotional experi...
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This study presents a reflection relative to the impact of the psychological care on two patients with cancer in two phases: remission and recurrence. We try to highlight the question, for a trainee psychologist, of “interfering” in the relation already established by a patient with his psychologist. In the first case (remission), our objective is...
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Résumé Objectif : Cette étude pilote de type qualitative et exploratoire vise à décrire les effets d’un nouveau protocole d’écriture poético-érotique (nommée SANTEL) sur la réérotisation de l’image du corps chez une femme, ayant vécu un cancer. Matériel et méthodes : Il s ’agit d’un protocole composé de quatre étapes : une liste des phrases à carac...
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Abstract Aim Our pilot study aims to describe the effects of a new specific and structured protocol focused on poetic/erotic writing (named SANTEL) on the (re)sexualization of body image in women, who have experienced cancer. Procedure The protocol consists of four steps: to choose a list of erotic verses focused on the body parts, to fill a semi-s...
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During Relaxation, the authors tested repeated weight-related, literal and metaphorical suggestions about the heaviness of the subjects’ arms. The purpose was to determine if linguistically varied hypnotic suggestions produced significantly different motor reactions—involuntary pressure forces of the forearms—as assessed by a linguistic biomechanic...
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Le livre porte principalement sur ma thèse de doctorat, ainsi j'ai ajouté en pj ma thèse. Elle reflète bien le contenu du livre. Le livre original ne peut pas être publié sur researchgate. Cette thèse publiée s’inscrit dans une approche nommée Embodied Psychology (Kirkebøen, 2001), que l’on peut traduire comme l’inscription corporelle de l’esprit (...
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During hypnosis, the authors tested repeated weight-related, literal and metaphorical suggestions about the heaviness of the subjects' arms. The purpose was to determine if linguistically varied hypnotic suggestions produced significantly different motor reactions--involuntary pressure forces of the forearms--as assessed by a linguistic biomechanic...
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Si tratta di una larga riflessione anche di tipo sperimentale sulla relazione tra i nuovi paradigmi della mente incorpata e il concetto di pesantezza.
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O objetivo do nosso estudo é identificar diversas conceptualizações do corpo expressas em contextos da psicopatologia e literatura. Propomos uma categorização específica de sentenças literárias a partir da Teoria da Metáfora Conceitual (Lakoff e Johnson 1980, 1999) e a Teoria da Simulação do Contexto Limitado (Ritchie 2003, 2006, 2008). Com base no...
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The goal of our study is to identify several conceptualizations of the body expressed in the contexts of psychopathology and literature. We propose a specific categorization of literary sentences drawing on Conceptual Metaphor Theory (Lakoff and Johnson 1980; 1999) and Context-Limited Simulation Theory (Ritchie 2003; 200; 2008). Based on corpus dat...
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In this paper we examined the influence of repetition of weight-related sentences on the involuntary pressure forces of the forearms, when in a relaxed state. These forces were involuntary oscillations, exerted by muscle movements of the breathing-cycle and muscle movements of the arm on force sensors. We constructed a linguistic bio-mechanical sys...
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Cet article est fondé sur la théorie des représentations sociales (Moscovici, 1961); il est centré sur l'influence de la communication sociale dans les processus de négociation du sens. Dans cette perspective, la psychologie discursive (Potter & Wetherell, 1987; Billig, 1991) a montré que les représentations sociales ont une nature discursive, elle...
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In this paper we examined the influence of repetition of weight-related sentences on the involuntary pressure forces of the forearms, when in a relaxed state. These forces were involuntary oscillations, exerted by muscle movements of the breathing-cycle and muscle movements of the arm on force sensors. We constructed a linguistic bio-mechanical sys...
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The aim of this article is to evaluate the vividness of visual imagery from three different sample groups: a contemporary dance group (n = 24), a group of modified state of consciousness experts (n = 24) and a group of students (n = 48). We argue that the mental imagery activity into low vigilance level and into a modified state of consciousness ha...
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The aim of this article is to evaluate the vividness of visual imagery from three different sample groups: a contemporary dance group (n=24), a group of modified state of consciousness experts (n=24) and a group of students (n=48). We argue that the mental imagery activity into low vigilance level and into a modified state of consciousness has a cl...
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Le teoria della metafora concettuale rivendica l’importanza dell’esperienza percettivo-motoria nella costruzione di differenti ragionamenti ed azioni, ma non s’interessa dell’importanza del segno gestuale nell’interazione. I nuovi orientamenti dei modelli psicoterapici centrati su corpo e linguaggio (Downing, 1995) non trovano né nella teoria di La...
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Ce travail s’inscrit dans une approche nommée Embodied Psychology (Kirkebøen, 2001), ce que l’on peut traduire par « l’inscription corporelle de l’esprit » (Varela, Thomson, & Rosch, 1993). Cette approche considère que le domaine de la cognition est inséparable de ses manifestations corporelles. Elle conçoit les marqueurs physiologiques de la pens...
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Studies of olfactive vocabulary show that it refers to different fields and uses attributes and also similes and metaphors. This research aims at studying the use of figurative language in olfactive descriptions through the use of semantic approximation (metaphors and analogy). The olfactive verbalizations were collected in presence of nine perfume...
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In the field of clinical psychology and psychotherapeutic techniques, patient and therapist utterances frequently include linguistic metaphors of the body. A metaphor is not only a stylistic device but also a tool for conceptualizing one's experience. In Freud's view, for example, the notion of the body as a “container” or “source” is one of the ba...
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In the field of clinical psychology and psychotherapeutic techniques, patient and therapist utterances frequently include linguistic metaphors of the body.A metaphor is not only a stylistic device but also a tool for conceptualizing one’s experience. In Freud’s view, for example, the notion of the body as a “container” or “source” is one of the bas...
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Breve riflessione tra metafore concettuali, poesie e l'opera dell'Orlando Furioso.
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Un breve intervento tra l'uso della poesia come mediatore linguistico per parlare dei vissuti del corpo, nell'opera di Baudelaire.

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Goodmorning
In a recent qualitative research, we are constructing purposeful sampling, we are thinking to use a specific scale to select a small group of participant. I think that this scale can help us (credibility criterion) is to select the participants that a specific emotional experience. How do you consider this methodological strategy? Uncommon? Should I describe this operation as a mixed method strategy?
Thank you for your attention
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Alfonso Santarpia (Université de Sherbrooke, Canada)
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I am an Italian psychologist, currently I am a professor at the University of Sherbrooke, I work in the field of the existential humanist approach, especially the role of the art in palliative care. I am currently researching material on the thought of Ernesto Spinelli. Can you help me find and share material by this great author?
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I am curious to know your speech analysis.
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I am looking for a software that helps me to make a list of utterances in temporal order. 

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The Italian Journal of Clinical Psychology (RPC) is an open access Journal, which publishes papers focused on any area of the Clinical Psychology as well as concerning its interdisciplinary interests. Theoretical, review, empirical and case reports works are welcome, in all cases based on their quality in terms of innovation and methodological rigor. Case studies will be accepted if they use the intervention experience for modeling purposes. RPC is designed to be an open space of debate, able to foster dialogue between the different souls and sensitivities of the Clinical Psychology, with a particular attention paid to the dialectic between research and intervention, the dialogue among theoretical and methodological frameworks, the analysis and the construction of strategies to address the emergent challenges that society provides to psychology and more in general to social sciences. Accordingly, RPC can be meant to stand for the link between Research, Profession and Contexts.
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The aim of this project is to collect and present articles, seminar reports and reflective sketches on the evaluation of a humanistic/existential psychotherapeutic intervention.