Dialogues from the Italian Psychoanalytic Journal – Archive

Enchantments and disenchantments in the formation and use of psychoanalytic theories about psychic reality. By Stefano Bolognini

Enchantments and disenchantments in the formation and use of psychoanalytic theories about psychic reality by Stefano Bolognini The aim of these reflections is to explore, from a viewpoint that is largely clinical (in the broad sense), using a wide-angle lens and in the full awareness that I can only be approximate, some examples of what really … Continue Reading »

Comments by Riccardo Lombardi

  I appreciate Bolognini’s attempt to limit the psychoanalysts’ frequent tendency toward triggering ‘wars of religion’. These controversies are not only ideological, but often influenced by psychoanalytic politics and practical interests of power, compromising the need of psychoanalysis to update its knowledge and modernize its clinical approach. The identification with the author (or theory), that … Continue Reading »

Comments by Ludovica Grassi

In his profound and sensitive paper, Stefano Bolognini enlightens the surprising realisation of how difficult is to get to the bottom of such complex and largely group dynamics as choices and conflicts among psychoanalysts and their groups about conceptual and technical orientations, notwithstanding analytic formation is well anchored in a deep individual analysis. Why is … Continue Reading »

Comments by Lesley Caldwell

Response to Stefano Bolognini   It is a pleasure to engage with Stefano Bolognini’s work and its sureness  of touch in approaching the fiery disputes  and extreme loyalties, that,  despite some loosening of the rigidities of the past, continue to plague  psychoanalysis and its practitioners.  We still observe our colleagues, but  much more significantly, ourselves,  … Continue Reading »

Comments by Nicola Abel-Hirsch

Comments by Nicola Abel-Hirsch As many readers will know Bolognini speaks from considerable experience. He is an ‘inside witness’ who was present at “plenary sessions at IPA Congresses in the eighties and nineties …producing three performances all rigorously impermeable to each other”; “a dark, austere church in Utrecht, during which a debate was held about … Continue Reading »