Dialogues from the Italian Psychoanalytic Journal

The aim of Dialogues is to promote an exchange, among foreign colleagues, on clinical and theoretical themes particularly meaningful for Italian Psychoanalysis. You will find three articles from the Rivista translated into English with comments from foreign psychoanalysts.
Anyone who wishes to leave a comment will find a space at the end of each article. Comments should be written in English (no longer than 5000 characters, including spaces). Before its publications, the comment will be read by yhe editorial board of the “Dialogue”.

The psychoanalytic identity: five hypotheses for discussion Giovanni Foresti

“That which is different from something is different by something, or in some respect, so that it is necessary that something wherein they differ should be the same…” Aristotle, METAPHYSICS  If you look up the topic of “identity” in the pages of the glorious Einaudi Encyclopaedia you are quickly directed to the entries which conclude … Continue Reading »

The analyst’s identity and the digital world: a new frontier in psychoanalysis Andrea Marzi

It is undeniable that the digital world poses problems and ever more cogent questions, not only for the scientific disciplines and the humanities in general, but also for psychoanalysis and the ethical dimension. If we take for granted a long-standing interest in the psychopathological characteristics of internet addiction and an exploration of possible theoretical and … Continue Reading »

Comments by Joseph Triest

  Thomas Ogden (1992) begins his paper, “The Dialectically Constituted/decentered Subject of Psychoanalysis. Part I – the Freudian Subject,[1]” by quoting the opening words of Hamlet’s first act, spoken by a guard: “Who’s there?” The question can be attributed to the generic subject/patient, whose object (the analyst) disappears from his field of vision. This is … Continue Reading »

Comments by Michael Parsons

Giovanni Foresti tells us that ‘the word “identity” is not part of the vocabulary of psychoanalysis’. This was certainly true until the 1950s, when Erik Erikson introduced the concept. He wrote several papers on it, beginning with ‘The problem of ego-identity’ (Erikson, 1956). These were revised and collected in his book Identity: Youth and Crisis … Continue Reading »

The Analyst’s Identity: References 

Tagliacozzo, R. (1976) Mantovani, M.C. (1981). La pseudo-identità psicoanalitica dello psicoanalista. Riv.Psicoanalisi., 27(1):146-153.   Bellanova, P (1980) Formazione della coppia analitica e identità dello psicoanalista . Introduzione.  Panel presentato al IV Congresso Nazionale della S.P.I. – Taormina, 1980.   Nissim Momigliano, L (1991) Il te nel deserto: ulteriori considerazioni a proposito de “lo psicoanalista allo … Continue Reading »