Semantic Polarities and Psychopathologies in the Family: Permitted and Forbidden Stories

1st Edition

Valeria Ugazio

Routledge
Published April 17, 2013
Reference - 344 Pages
ISBN 9780415823074 - CAT# Y147743

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Summary

The gap between psychotherapeutic practice and clinical theory is ever widening. Therapists still don’t know what role interpersonal relations play in the development of the most common psychopathologies. Valeria Ugazio bridges this gap by examining phobias, obsessive-compulsions, eating disorders, and depression in the context of the family, using an intersubjective approach to personality. Her concept of “semantic polarities” gives a groundbreaking perspective to the construction of meaning in the family and other interpersonal contexts. At no point is theory left in the wasteland of abstraction. The concreteness of the many case studies recounted, and examples taken from well-known novels, will allow readers to immediately connect the topics discussed with their own experience.

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