Issue 13, November 2018

Introduction. We are all Interconnected

We are all interconnected. Every living organism is involved with each other. We are impoverished by every inconvenience. Every happy, creative act enriches us. The interconnection and dialogue between the sciences and the composition of the different fields of human activity is a central demand.

Steps to an Ecology of Mind: Humanity is part of Nature

Gregory Bateson's monumental book "Steps to an Ecology of Mind" highlights his intellectual-experiential adventure in his effort to build a way of thinking that he names "the ecology of mind" and to point out the mental processes as they exist in the world and throughout the whole evolutionary structure. It is a collection of lectures and essays, which covers a period of thirty-five years, as he dealt with the scientific fields of anthropology, psychiatry, biological evolution and genetics, in the light of the epistemological principles of Systemic Theory and Cybernetics.

(Im)possible Translations: Challenging Therapeutic Authority Through Textual Practices

In this paper I endeavour to look at therapy through the metaphor of translation, and by unfolding some of the problems of translation, particularly as they relate to structural power hierarchies of systems of meaning production (I refer both to different languages and their relative status, as we can observe for example in the dominance of the English language as global communication currency, and to different discursive domains such as social science, therapy, literature etc.) to highlight some of the challenges that therapists, as well as researchers, face in their respective positions as mediators and arbiters of other people’s meanings and actions.

About teaching clinical practice

In this short essay I intend to explain why training for clinical practice involves an impossibility which cannot be avoided: a required impossibility, so to speak.

An Incurable Crisis in Greece: A Systemic Perspective

If E. Hemingway were still alive, he could have written it about Greece. Those who believe that the economic recession started in 2008 with the dual deficit (fiscal and current account deficit) to reach the point of protected (and not disorderedly) bankruptcy, which was solemnized in the summer of 2010 with the signing of the 1st Memorandum, would agree with him.

Therapy and Crisis in Greece: A Different Approach

Let me also start with Ernest Hemingway: “For all the poor of the world against tyranny”, from his work “For Whom the Bell Tolls”. This great, radical, American litterateur, offensive criticizer of the establishment and its politics, praiser of the democratic army in the Spanish Civil War, who ended his life himself as his father and two brothers had done, in a sense of persecution by the FBI. And let me make some brief remarks concerning the article…

Adaptation to Type 2 diabetes: Patients’ illness representation and the role of spouse

Diabetes mellitus constitutes a serious medical, social, and economic issue of epidemic proportions for developing and developed countries alike. It represents a major public health hazard in the current century and is ranked fifth cause of death in the USA (Anderson, 2002).

Book presentation: Psychology of fascism by Nikos Marketos (KORONTZI PUBLICATIONS)

How was it possible for ordinary people (banal people at Hana Arendt) to be led to absolute evil and become bearers of the fiercestfascist atrocities? N.M raises a question that all kinds of scientists, politicians, and laymen have over the last 70 years. Attempting to answer this question, the author explores this in depth, taking as a starting point psychological thinking, but also looking ahead at the economy, politics, history and ethics.