Elena Faccio

Elena Faccio
University of Padova | UNIPD · Department of Philosophy, Sociology, Education and Applied Psychology FISPPA

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In gender transition, psychological and diagnostic assessment is essential for accessing medical treatment and gaining legal recognition. This puts the psychologist in the role of gatekeeper and places the diagnosis at the center of the clinical relationship, despite recent guidelines’ depathologizing orientation. This study investigates how trans...
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Unlabelled: WHAT IS KNOWN ABOUT THE SUBJECT?: In the context of health and social care, situations at the limit or beyond the role of the professional, such as falling in love and physical attraction between a client and a nurse, are very common events. In residential contexts, the construction of the professional relationship is made more complex...
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Some research teams have investigated the impact of primary immunodeficiencies (PIDs) on the quality of life of people diagnosed with them. According to the literature, some variables would play a significant role in the quality of life self-reported by people with PIDs; among these is the presence of a social support network. Therefore, we have ch...
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In recent years, the use of the adjective “therapeutic” has expanded to encompass a great variety of experiences, blurring the line between what is effectively therapeutic and what is not. Proceeding from the idea that a word’s meaning is linked to its use in a particular linguistic game, we will analyse the etymons “therapy” and “psychotherapy” an...
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In Western culture, “hearing voices” is often considered a symptom of mental illness. After reinterpreting this phenomenon from perspectives that emphasise the socio-cultural aspects of the construction of these voices, this paper describes a case report involving a psychological intervention divided into six phases. The aim is to challenge the dom...
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This contribution aims to highlight the theoretical and epistemological premises of the co‐writing experience, a practice where a clinician and a patient are mutually engaged in jointly or collaboratively writing a narrative related to the patient’s experience. Unlike a typical set of therapeutic techniques, co‐writing is based on sharing perspecti...
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The current literature on the geriatric population highlights that relocation into a healthcare facility is a crucial event in the existence of many older people and their families. Guilt, difficulties, concern and restlessness may characterise this transition and even accelerate the ageing process in some. However, the manner in which the decision...
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In many European Countries, a diagnosis is needed to access the gender transition process, which has sparked debate about whether gender variance should be equated with a psychodiagnosis. This study explores mental health practitioners’ perspectives about the implications of using the diagnosis for gatekeeping purposes. Semi-structured interviews w...
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Mental health services typically follow standardized intervention protocols and systematic operating practices. This article explores what happens when a service relies exclusively on fixed practices rather than on the negotiation of objectives and the differentiation of procedures according to the needs of the user. The analysis of the narratives...
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This study deals with people who underwent a blood test and consequently suffered a fainting episode in the past. This phenomenon affects many people and if not adequately dealt with, it can lead to a perception of the blood test as a serious and traumatic event, which could limit its use as a preventive diagnostic tool. These experiences have been...
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Fibromyalgia is a chronic disabling syndrome, and the legitimacy of its diagnosis is still debated. Internet and online communities may become a relevant resource for affected people. This present study aims to understand the role of online communities relating to fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) patients’ illness experiences and their attitudes towards...
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Research with individuals who practice consensual Bondage, Discipline, Domination, Submission, Sadism, and Masochism (BDSM) has shed light on a complex and multi-faceted phenomenon. How much this experience relates to sexuality and sexual pleasure is a controversial topic in the literature. This review offers a critical re-conceptualization of the...
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Though studies have shown that the sexual orientation of parents does not influence their parenting skills or the well-being of their children, prejudice against same-sex families is still very widespread. Research has not sufficiently explored the ways in which parents tackle this prejudice. Using qualitative methodologies, in particular textual a...
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What is known on the subject: The first access to a mental health service is sometimes marked by aggressive behaviours and anger. Forced hospitalization is frequently an occasion for resistance and hostility to the service, which should not be mistaken for psychotic symptoms. If this situation is not dealt with effectively, it can jeopardize the q...
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In many countries, the psychological pathway is an important practice in gender transition, especially where a diagnosis is needed in order to access medical treatments and legal recognition. This filter function is a source of debate for both professionals and trans people, particularly because of its potential for equating gender variances with m...
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Even in a spirited debate about its effectiveness and sustainability, restorative justice is now considered a new systematic legal proposal. The requirements of this meta-model include a criminal phenomenon through relational and inter-subjective reading, considering the crime in terms of injury to people. Also, they pose considerable attention to...
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Detainees enact a “self” that is faced with the prejudices and stereotypes of the crime for which that detainee was convicted. Of all inmates, sex offenders face the greatest risk of receiving social condemnation alongside their prison sentence. This empirical study worked with 32 male sex offenders over 18 years old that were housed in the “protec...
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The food industry is constantly challenged to find new ideas to satisfy the increasingly specific consumer demand. However, innovative food products do not always become part of consumption habits or create a market. One of the major sources of resistance to novelty lies in the attitude of the consumer, who in many cases may be suspicious or hostil...
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There is an abundance of literature investigating the relationship between self-writing and well-being in cases of trauma or life-changing events, but no such research has assessed the value of keeping a daily diary in promoting small changes, describing an individual’s identity in its slow, but realistic evolution. This study examined how the use...
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While more and more researchers are investigating the effects of disclosing conceptions achieved through heterologous fertilization, even couples who use homologous medically-assisted reproduction (MAR) often do not tell their relatives and children how they conceived, possibly because they find it embarrassing. The present study explores the perce...
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Background: Previous studies on the effectiveness of psychological interventions in oncology mainly used quantitative measures and no study was conducted with regard to both caregivers and patients. Aim: This study evaluates the effectiveness of psychoeducational support groups, both for women with breast cancer, and for their informal caregivers t...
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Obesity is an important emerging problem in adolescence because it causes psychological distress and social prejudice. Using Ugazio’s theory, this study aims to test if the construct ‘winner/loser’ and its associated meanings are used and considered important among obese adolescents. The personal constructs of 68 participants (young and adult; obes...
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Cada disciplina teórica se caracteriza por la búsqueda de un grado definido de carácter científico que la puede legitimar. En la comprensión de los fenómenos psicológicos en psicología se pueden encontrar expresiones lingüísticas, criterios científicos e implicaciones pragmáticas diferentes. En sta investigación intentamos de explorar los significa...
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Past research has found consistent correlations between menopause and increase in sexual disturbances, but very little research has inquired into the attribution of meanings to this change from the womens’ own perspectives and the role of the negotiating between sexes in the social-construction of the problem. This study aims to investigate how pro...
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Although neuroscientific findings have significantly increased knowledge in the clinical field, the field literature has highlighted some limitations that the use of these findings involves. In particular, we found biases that lead clinical practitioners to reify or unduly consider neuroscientific data because of psychological or psychiatric aspect...
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There is ample evidence on recidivism including its relationships with drug use, addiction, mental illness and security problems; however there has been less research based on direct accounts of detainee experiences and on the experience of people who try to prevent recidivism. The aim of this research was to describe how recidivism is perceived an...
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The goal of this article is to observe how communicative processes intervene in constructing and maintaining given self-narratives. Proceeding from the idea that the Self is, first of all, narration, we shall scrutinise the topic of identity permanence and change in our linguistic system by exploring the configurations of reality produced by the us...
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Women with disabilities are among those who suffer most from sexual assault in transit environments. This paper offers a review of international literature concerning women’s victimisation and safety in transit environments with focus on (a) the concept of vulnerability, (b) data on victimisation in transport systems, (c) the perspective of crimina...
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The aim of this study is to investigate the elements that characterize the formation of a therapeutic relationship when the sessions are conducted through videoconference. Conversation analysis was used to analyse the first three counselling sessions with five clients, for a total of 15 sessions. The phenomena detected in the conversational sequenc...
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Objective The high incidence of foodborne disease among children suggests the value of health promotion. Children are a high-risk group so far as foodborne disease is concerned, although they may be hard to reach with training programmes. This research investigated the use of drawings, compared with questionnaires, to evaluate the impact of a healt...
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Providing assistance services for sexual activity is becoming of increasing importance to the community of people with disabilities and to mental health professionals. Nevertheless, the literature on this topic is sparse. The aim of this study is to explore potential clients’ and assistants’ views, needs, experiences, opinions, and concerns about s...
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Aims and objectivesThis exploratory research investigates obese patients' beliefs and expectations before and one year after bariatric surgery. Changes and resistance to change in the identity system, in the perception of the body, in relationships and in the quality of life were of particular interest. Background Although bariatric surgery represe...
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According to the literature, psychological assessment in forensic contexts is one of the most controversial application areas for clinical psychology. This paper presents a review of systematic judgment errors in the forensic field. Forty-six psychological reports written by psychologists, court consultants, have been analyzed with content analysis...
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The abuse of legal and illegal drugs is a complex and constantly evolving phenomenon. In recent years the polydrug use, term that refers to the use of two or more psychoactive drugs in combination to achieve a particular effect, has been on the rise. In many cases, one drug (amphetamine, cocaine, or heroin) is used as a base, with additional drugs...
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Riassunto. La legittimazione dei diversi approcci teorici che si occupano dei cosiddetti fenomeni psicologici è vincolata al grado di scientificità che ciascuno di essi può garantire. Le modalità, spesso autoreferenziali, con le quali si afferma il proprio rigore scientifico hanno dunque diverse implicazioni, sia nella comunicazione tra professioni...
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This study aims to explore personal meanings related to the constructs 'sexuality' and 'sexual pleasure' in people who choose to write in forums and blogs about their own experience with Bondage and Discipline, dominance and submission, and Sadism and Masochism (BDSM). We carried out semi-structured online interviews with 343 people, of whom 50 (24...
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Cyberbullying has recently emerged as a widespread and new form of bullying and harassment. It refers to the use of information and communication technologies, specifically mobile phones or the internet, to support deliberate behavior to harm others. Cyberbullying and bullying are partly similar phenomena: they share the intention to attack an othe...
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ADHD is considered an impairing psychological disorder that predominantly affects children and is characterised by inattention, impulsivity and hyperactivity. This diagnosis has become controversal in literature do to the conceptual resistances expressed by clinicians and pediatricians in considering a simple list of behaviors as a psychological sy...
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Drama techniques have been widely implemented in many different areas of education and in clinical settings. The effectiveness of using theater as a means to promote change by capitalizing on its strong emotional component has been attributed to two main functions: a cathartic function and a performative one. In the first, actors produce a drama ab...
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Bullying and cyberbullying (the use of information and communication technologies to support deliberate behavior to harm others) are usually considered as the most prevalent types of school violence. In the literature, aggression is often conceptualized as emerging, being maintained, and modified by child's personality characteristics and the inter...
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Educational interventions in school represent a primary way to introduce children to public health issues. In particular, as foodborne diseases are considered a worldwide significant problem, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), an educational program has been implemented to improve children knowledge about microorganisms’ characterist...
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Health professionals working with a person suffering from dementia have to face with considerable communicational and relational difficulties. Therefore, training programs focused on the cognitive or medical aspects of the disease may not be sufficient to deal with the complexity of this condition. Starting from the contributions of Kitwood (1997)...
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It’s common to face, concerning patients with eating disorders, the lack of trust towards others and the fear of judgment. In the clinic, this aspect is very interesting but also difficult to engage. The aim of this research is to evaluate theatrical techniques as tools to develop confidence toward the others’ point of view, through an improvement...
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Nowadays, we find in the literature many researches and related theories about body diseases and eating disorders in adolescence. Basing on these theories, the health promotion interventions at school are inclined to give youth the outcomes of risk behavior analysis, in the development of eating disorders. Those interventions lack of consideration...
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Objective: This study describes an effective educational program to improve children's knowledge about characteristics of microorganisms and food contamination, and their personal hygiene behaviors. Materials and methods: Between November 2011 and March 2012, a health campaign, targeted at fifth-grade students of 12 public primary compulsory sch...
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Explorees the cultural origins and psychological aspects of body identity disorders. Discusses the influence of contemporary virtual and cyberspace imagery on self-image. Draws on author's professional experience largely dedicated to exploring disorders wherein body identity is the chosen field for communication and exchange. Re-examines such illne...
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The literature offers a wide range of theories and research on eating disorders and body disease among adolescents. Intervention programs for health promotion at school often arise from the assumptions of these theories and tend to offer to adolescents the knowledge based on the analysis of risk behavior in developing eating disorders, while they d...
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Among the various difficulties that today the scholastic world meets there is certainly that to manage some forms of conflict as the overbearances among students. The study of such theme has certainly allowed opposing the phenomenon limiting the possible clinical relapses.
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The expression “body identity disorders” refers to an imbalanced range of clinical symptoms that have in common the tendency to make self-esteem dependant on the body and on dissatisfaction with weight or with outward appearance. Conditions like anorexia, bulimia and obesity, despite each being different to the other, share a common origin: the wei...
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What are we talking about when we mention “the body”? Some people might think this question does not require an answer. Our experiences of the body are so common and spontaneous that we might think it unnecessary to explain it or limit it by defining it. Nevertheless – should we attempt to do so – we might be faced with a truly difficult task. What...
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If understanding the body as an “object” raises relevant problems for consciousness studies to the point where we even doubt whether it is a legitimate exercise, what can we say about the relationship between body and individuality? Is it situated in the body? How big is it? What relationship is there between appearance and identity? What importanc...
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Today, Italian prisons are reporting the highest level of overcrowding ever recorded. In reference to this situation, this article proposes an ethnographic study carried out inside the prison of Padua as a voluntary 2 years’ experience. It documents the values and conventions that convicts share in prison and details the ways in which prisoners con...
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Objective: This study explores the time experience of Italian couples undergo- ing medically assisted reproductive procedures. Background: Research has mainly focused on the motivation for childbearing and the impact of infertility on women, with little attention given to the couple’s experience during assisted reproduction procedures. Methods: We...
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This study explores the parental role of transsexuals and compares this to common assumptions about transsexuality and parentage. We conducted semi-structured interviews with 14 male-to-female transsexuals and 14 men, half parents and half non-parents, in order to explore four thematic areas: self-representation of the parental role, the descriptio...
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This study aimed to investigate if obesity is linked to power semanticsas stated by Ugazio's systemic-constructivist theory (1998). The hupothesis was that power semantics are more frequent and meaningful among obese people compared to a control group, regardless of “age”. Twenty two obese women, 22 normal-weight women, and 17 obese youths were int...
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The aim of this study is to comprehend the evolution in the self-representations of drug users at the beginning and after at least six months from the start of a therapeutic rehabilitation program. Considering self-representation as attributions reflected in interactions, this paper takes into account personal constructs related to social relations...
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The study aimed to empirically test the hypothesis, developed within the systemic-constructionist theory of family semantic polarities, that the semantics of power are particularly meaningful for people with eating disorders. The repertory grid technique was used to elicit constructs from 30 young patients (10 anorexic, 10 bulimic, and 10 obese) an...
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The study aimed to empirically test the hypothesis, developed within the systemic-constructionist theory of family semantic polarities, that the semantics of power are particularly meaningful for people with eating disorders. The repertory grid technique was used to elicit constructs from 30 young patients (10 anorexic, 10 bulimic, and 10 obese) an...
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If as Goffman (1961) affirms, it is true that “whoever takes up a position virtually discovers a self”, then processes of identity construction can also be understood as generative through language and action. “The moment an individual reaches an awareness of self as an entity endowed with social relevance and makes the other’s point of view their...
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Many psychometric instruments have been introduced over the course of the last few years to help reveal body image disorder. More specifically, these are devices or questionnaires designed to investigate various components of body representations: perceptive, affective and cognitive.
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Taken from the diary of an anorexic:
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The body and its manifest forms of psychological suffering cannot be separated from its ascribed meanings in a given social context. Hard manual labour down through the ages has gone into translating the body into what we know today. Additionally it has fashioned its sufferings.
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According to systemic-constructivist theory, all psycho-pathological organizations are linked to specific meanings which are developed by the individual within problematic situations in the context of learning, particularly within the family. The aim of this empirical study is to support the theory that eating disorders are linked to the "power sem...
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Starting from the critical review of various motivational frameworks of change that have been applied to the study of eating disorders, the present paper provides an alternative conceptualization of the change in psychotherapy presenting a single-case study. We analyzed six psychotherapeutic conversations with a bulimic patient and found out narrat...
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ACCESSIBLE SUMMARY: Auditory hallucinations are voices heard speaking with the hearer or discussing his or her thoughts or behaviours. They are common also among non-psychiatric population and may be a positive experience. These hallucinations cannot be considered merely as symptoms because they may have an adaptive function. We should avoid trying...
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Eclecticism usually arises from the perception of one’s own theoretical model as being inadequate, which may be the case in situations of therapeutic stalemate. In need of new strategies, therapists criticize their own approach and take eclectic knowledge onboard. The goal of this qualitative study is to explore basic elements of this informal know...
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The repertory grid technique devised by Kelly (1955/1991) can be useful in clinical practice and re-search, because it provides significant information in terms of the respondents' mental structure. How-ever, it is a complex technique calling for a substantial investment of time and effort by both clinician and respondent if the information obtaine...
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Various motivational approaches in literature have been developed in an attempt to prevent patients from dropping out of treatment, to increase their active engagement end, hence, to improve the short-term and long-term outcome of therapy. In most cases motivation is intended as a cognitive quality and lack or falls in motivation (relapses) are usu...
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Secondo l'approccio sistemico-costruzionista la psicopatologia č una "scienza del significato": i disturbi psicopatologici sono legati a specifiche dimensioni semantiche e alla posizione occupata dai singoli individui nel loro contesto familiare. La semantica del potere č considerata la dimensione di significato critica per le persone che presentan...
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We look into the transformation of meanings in psychotherapy and suggest a clinical application for Wittgenstein's intuitions concerning the role of linguistic practices in generating significance. In post-modern theory, therapy does not necessarily change reality as much as it does our way of experiencing it by intervening in the linguistic-repres...
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This qualitative research examines the question of control within bulimic experience and how it varies from the beginning to the end of the therapy. We used two self-referral tools (self-definition and self-characterisation) with 42 patients, 24 at the beginning and 18 at the end of the therapy. A comparison between the two groups suggested that pa...
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According to systemic-constructionist theory, psychopathology is a “science of meaning”: each type of psychopathology is linked to specific semantics and to the position occupied by the individual within his/her familial context. The semantics of power is considered to be the most critical dimension of meaning for people suffering from eating disor...
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Pur essendo attualmente al centro di forti dibattiti, di natura sia morale che sociale, l’omosessualità femminile, che peraltro riguarda un numero consistente di donne (secondo i dati OISM il 5-10% della popolazione) rimane un fenomeno silenzioso e privato, che poco attira i media e che si esprime in contesti ben più riservati rispetto al proprio e...
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This study aims to explore how an extreme and permanent modification of one's own body, such as the one realised by body piercing, can be connected to a concurrent modification in one's way of feeling and defining oneself. Referring to Kelly's Personal Construct Psychology we consider the person as a whole, a concrete actor and narrator of his/her...
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Akrasia is a philosophical concept meaning the possibility to perform actions against one's best judgement. This contribution aims to clarify this phenomenon in terms of a social construction, stating it as a narrative configuration generated by an observer. The latter finds himself engaged in justifying a “problematic” line of action with regard t...
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This comment was originally posted as a “Reader Response” on the publication date indicated above. All Reader Responses are now available as comments. Two cultures (scientific and clinical) speaking different theoretical languages reside in psychology. … Unfortunately, both cultures use the same sensory-system–based vocabulary, which leads to the u...
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In questo studio faremo alcune notazioni sulle “metaforizzazioni” del linguaggio psicologico, considerando come tali quelle forme linguistiche che possono contribuire a generare le esperienze che le persone hanno di sé, degli altri e del mondo (ossia metafore, paragoni, similitudini, allusioni, metonimie, assonanze, schemi, modelli, generi narrativ...
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In the last years the field of research and practice in psychotherapy has been deeply influenced by two different approaches: the so-called Empirically Supported Treatments (ESTs) movement, due to the development of Evidence Based Medicine (EBM) attitude in the mental health field too, and the Common Factors perspective, supported by who sustain th...
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Negli ultimi anni il campo della ricerca e della pratica in psicoterapia sono stati profondamente influenzati da due differenti approcci: il movimento chiamato "Empirically Supported Treatments (ESTs)", legato alla diffusione della moda della Evidence Based Medicine (EBM) anche nel campo della salute mentale, e la prospetttiva dei "fattori comuni",...