One of the greatest achievements in science was the discovery and decoding of the DNA molecule. Through this, an autonomous scientific domain was created and scientific efforts focusing on DNA research and therapeutic applications are still awarded Nobel prizes. It is a common belief that molecular biology and genetics will be the scientific center around which Human sciences will spin. So, how can you reply when a patient asks: "Isn't it a matter of DNA, doctor?"
Negation pacts, unconscious alliances centred on the mourning-holder of the Greek Cypriot missing-persons
Since the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974, several hundred persons are still considered missing. Despite the exhumations of bones recently identified with a considerable number of those missing-persons, their mourning processes are still incomplete.
“The long, short journey of a small, large group within the sea of its dynamics”: An experiential record of my experience as a participant in sessions of a large group
The present paper refers to the experiential record of my personal experience as a participant in sessions of a large group that took place in a one-year University Program of Clinical Retraining in Group Dynamics in Athens from September 2014 to June 2015. The emphasis is on the issues of silences, of the scapegoat and on the closure of the large group.
The paper’s issues are trauma and resilience which are “transmitted” by refugees to helpers. The aim of this paper is to inform experts and volunteers about the challenges and the results of working with refugees. The issue is considered as topical and important not only because large numbers of people are involved in the support system for refugees but also because it is connected with economic, social and political processes.
Α frequent feminist critique towards couple therapy is that placing a violent man and his victim in close quarters and inviting them to address contentious issues in their relationship has the potential to revictimize the woman physically and psychologically and to provide the offender with a platform for self-justification.
The transmission of psychic life from parents to children and from generation to generation has been a subject of research over the past decades. In addition to heredity, important scholars, psychoanalysts (KAES R. & FAIMBERG H.) and family therapists (BOSZORMENYI-NAGY I. & SPARK GM, BOWEN M.) seek out transmission mechanisms and identify important vulnerable areas of psychic life such as values and loyalties, names, hidden family secrets, mental traumas, etc.
I am well pleased that Katia's book, a demanding work of many levels and great quality, also makes the reader work hard. Clearly, I am not qualified to hold forth to an audience of psychiatrists and psychologists on “schizogenesis”, “triangulation” and the “undifferentiated mass of the familial ego”.
Reading the book "Families in LeapYears - Notes of a Psychiatrist", a question recurred that has often been of great concern to me: "Is politics related to psychotherapy?" Psychotherapy very often has tangible, positive or even impressive results, as opposed to the politics, which for the past decade in Greece, but also in Europe, has been producing poisonous results.