Issue 9, November 2016

Introduction: Searching in our POLIS for LOGOS, ETHOS and TECHNE

The 9th edition of the journal "Systemic Thinking and Psychotherapy" is dedicated to the 9th European Congress of the European Family Therapy Association (EFTA), entitled “Origins and Originality in Family Therapy and Systemic Practice"and held in Athens, from 28 September to 1 October, 2016. The program was built upon Aristotle’s philosophy of Polis, Logos, Ethos and Techne. All articles in this issue are based on the authors’ presentations at the conference.

Thesis, Antithesis, Synthesis: An opening speech to create dialogue

In her opening speech, September 2016 at the 9th conference, EFTA-President Maria Borcsa welcomed all colleagues to Greece, to Athens. She said: «Three years ago the 8th EFTA conference took place in Istanbul. It appears that not only Turkey, but our whole world has changed enormously since then. All Europe has gone through significant transformation in the last three years with terrorism, the so called refugee and the ongoing socio-economic crises as well as the increasing power of right wing political parties legitimized by voters

The journey from the ”lost homeland” to the discovery of a new self¨: Family therapy as a safe place of processing, treating and healing the intergenerational transmission of trauma of being a refugee, from the perspective of men

Through our therapeutic practice we acknowledge the fact that the treatment of trauma is a chronic and painful process. The biopsychosocial disorganization that usually affects the individual causes erosion to the core of his/her existence and to the systems he/she belongs, while it penetrates into the future generations if it remains untreated. This case study explores the traumatic experience of refugeeism from a male perspective and how this impact is transferred intergenerationally.

Socio-economic marginality and its relationship with psychological functioning: how can family therapy help?

The ACE research has proved that adverse experiences, among which poverty, have a long-lasting effect on health, behaviors, life potentials. The impact of resource deprivation on adaptation to reality, with abundance of stress and traumatic components, has been the subject of many studies and the WHO has stated that poverty is the first risk factor to counteract in order to support physical and mental health.

A Systemic Reading of “Oresteia”: Aescylus’ “Oresteia” and its Psycho-social Context

The period of Athenian Democracy during the 5th century was the most important period in ancient times, and what is recognized today as the oldest democracy in the world. It is the most studied subject of classical Greek history. Intra-temporal and universal values were established which attracted the attention of Europe during the Renaissance (14th-16th century). It all happened without a corresponding model, without a prior theoretical background, and reached its peak within a few decades.

“Oresteia” as a Therapeutic Process

During the Great Dionysian Festivals, hundreds of citizens had to abandon their everyday occupations, their family and profession, etc. and be available to those organizing the events. Their involvement had a similar importance to their participation in Heliaia (the supreme court of ancient Athens) or the Parliament, i.e. a clearly social-political one.

Interactional Envy in a Couple’s Life: From “Oresteia” to the Present

With her emblematic article “Envy and Gratitude”, Melanie Klein brought about a great shift to Freudism and to psychoanalytic thought in general. The theoretical contribution of Melanie Klein in the notion of envy led her to observe and describe the mechanism of projective identification that led to the elaboration of a bridge among the intra-psychic and the interactional and equipped psychoanalysis with tools for understanding interaction and communication.

Being a Therapist: The Art of Remaining Humane – Reflections on the Experience of a Group-In-Dialogue

Therapists from different professional contexts have been meeting the last 2 ½ years, every 1 ½ month for 4 hours. The initial motive was the principles of Open Dialogue of J. Seikkula and the quest has been, and still remains, the incorporation of dialogic practices in the therapeutic process, the relationship between professionals and, in turn, between different professional contexts. Gradually, the group meetings have been expanding to include and interact with professionals from different professions.