• Book Review of SISTEMICA

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  • La manutenzione dell’amore. Castelvecchi Editore, pp. 249

    A seguito de “Gli amori briciola” (Magi Edizioni, 2013) l’autrice riprende il tema dell’amore attraverso un libro dall’architettura molto originale il cui titolo, ancora una volta, esplica il messaggio che vuole condividere con i lettori. Il richiamo all’opera di Robert M. Pirsig “ Lo Zen e l’arte della manutenzione della motocicletta” del 1974, in cui lo scrittore descrive un viaggio “reale-surreale” con il figlio Chris, in motocicletta, lungo gli Stati uniti, rivela un denominatore comune: entrambi utilizzano il viaggio come metafora di una ricerca di significati, di paesaggi interiori, di nuove possibili prospettive su temi che riguardano il Sé e la relazione con l’Altro.

    La prima parte del libro è un excursus sull’evoluzione storico-culturale dei legami affettivi a partire dagli “amori patriarcali”, fino ad arrivare agli “amori ipermoderni”. La singolarità dell’autrice è di proporre per ogni tematica, rimandi ad altre opere letterarie e cinematografiche o a storie che affronta nella sua attività di psicoterapeuta. Questi suggerimenti offrono la sensazione di … Read the rest...

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  • In memoria di Michael White

    By Stephen Madigan

    Caro Michael,

    mi hai insegnato l’arte raffinata di comporre dopo le sedute lettere terapeutiche ai clienti. Mi hai insegnato a sottolineare le loro capacità, quelle che loro danno per scontate, quelle che li hanno aiutati a sopravvivere ogni genere di abuso, ridicolo, bullismo e trauma. Le lettere dovevano focalizzarsi sulle capacità non dichiarate di sopravvivere e sottolineare la possibilità di riscrivere una storia differente. Dal 1990 ho probabilmente scritto migliaia di lettere dopo-seduta per celebrate le qualità misconosciute delle esperienze vissute dai miei clienti. Ma devo dire, scriverti oggi è la cosa più difficile che io abbia mai intrapreso.

    Quando mi hanno detto che avevi avuto un improvviso attacco di cuore a San Diego e che eri morto pochi giorni dopo, tristissimo, mi sono ritrovato in lutto. Quando Imelda McCarthy mi ha telefonato per annunciarmi che eri morto, avevo appena finito di tenere un workshop sulla terapia narrativa a Dublino e stavo condividendo un boccale di birra … Read the rest...

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  • Apprendere i contesti. Strategie per inserirsi in nuovi ambiti di lavoro, Raffaello Cortina Editore, Milano 2011, pp. 343, € 28

     

    “Sto scrivendo… per operatori “giovani” che entrano per la prima volta in un contesto nuovo e non solo desidero passare ciò che ho appreso nel tempo e di cui sono fermamente convinta, ma credo anche che le giovani leve possano proporre pratiche nuove e riesumarne alcune già sperimentate e abbandonate…”. E’ con questa esplicita dichiarazione di intenti, che Umberta Telfener riassume il senso e il fine di questo libro che la restituisce, dopo le escursioni nel mondo dei legami amorosi (Ho sposato un narciso, Le forme dell’addio), alla riflessione sulle pratiche sistemiche. Il punto di vista da cui questa volta osserva il mondo dell’intervento sistemico è quello della spendibilità della formazione, della possibilità di rendere vivo e concreto quanto appreso nei contesti di apprendimento istituzionali. Per raggiungere tale obiettivo assume il punto di vista dei giovani psicologi, sempre più alle prese con l’etica e le prassi di una professione che si è modificata nel tempo seguendo … Read the rest...

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  • Gregory Bateson and the Promise of Transdisciplinarity di Alfonso Montuori

    di Alfonso Montuori[1]

     

    Gregory Bateson was a thinker beyond disciplines, contributing not only to specific disciplines ranging from Communication to Family Therapy to Ecology, but also helping us to think about the nature of inquiry, thought and disciplinary organization. In this paper I argue Bateson was a transdisciplinary thinker, and illustrate how his work can lead us to a new approach to inquiry. I conclude by outlining the 5 central features of transdisciplinarity: inquiry-driven rather than exclusively discipline-driven; meta-paradigmatic rather than intra-paradigmatic; informed by thinking that is complex, creative, contextualizing, and connective; inquiry as a creative process combining rigor and imagination.

     

    Introduction

    When I tell people that several of Gregory Bateson’s works are being re-issued in the book series I started at Hampton Press, I inevitably get some puzzled looks. The puzzlement is principally because Gregory Bateson just does not seem like the kind of author who would or should ever be out of print. But the … Read the rest...

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  • Humor and the Intersubjective Construction of Knowledge

    Humor is a unique topic of study since there are so many aspects. By definition it is transdisciplinary covering various fields of knowledge, including philosophy, psychology, sociology and linguistics. We will start by attempting to give an initial operative definition: in an inter-subjective encounter, in relationships or in dialogue with others (including imaginary dialogue), we suddenly come across the unplanned or the unexpected: what is strange, unusual or incongruent. This sudden “flash” is humor, even though, obviously, not everything incongruous makes us laugh. So, we can define humor as a sudden contradiction that emerges (even if the humorist was searching for it) like a spiteful imp who overturns the way we look at things. Humor and knowledge are thus closely related: we can in fact erect elegant constructions with great effort and deconstruct their foundations with a simple joke.

    An oversight of Freud’s: “sceptical jokes”

    In Jokes and Their Relation To The Unconscious (1905), Freud proposes a key for the … Read the rest...

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  • The Sound of Surprise, on Order, Disorder, Creativity, and Trust

    History is not something ‘back there,’ something we browse through occasionally for purposes of erudition and arcane knowledge of bygone eras: history is in our flesh and bones–and in our minds. Darwin’s great revolution was to show us that we are our history (Bocchi & Ceruti, 2002). The great revolution of complexity and chaos shows us that history is not determined, that it is the contingent co-creation of individuals and their environments. It also shows us that every little thing matters a lot more than we thought…
    At least since the Greeks (Parmenides, Plato, and Aristotle), human beings have had a fascination with order. But order also implies its opposite, namely disorder. When the Greeks came to worship order, they also banished disorder: logos and dike (justice) replaced chaos and hubris (transgression of the order and the arrogance that made one do so). Order and disorder became separate and disjointed in a relationship of either/or (Morin, 2008; Toulmin, 1992). Order … Read the rest...

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  • CONVERSATIONS WITH THE ORGANS OF OUR BODY, Maria Cristina Koch, a seminar in Rome, Italy 16-17.11.12

    The idea of ​​a dialogue with the organs of our body starts from a commonplace assumption which is (or should be) increasingly usual. It is well understood that, although the organs are apparently different in form and function, in reality they are all connected together.

    Our organs, that is ourselves, are part of a whole that we call (starting from the definition of Einstein) energy. Even psychosomatics today have largely overcome the distinction between mind and body and they talk about a unicum.

    This does not mean that the organs are autonomous, nor does it mean that the psyche is autonomous. In some ways the so-called psyche – which someone else calls soul or emotion – and the so-called physicality, are all connected to a more “cosmic” degree, which is complex.

    Right now, I want to focus only on the fact that all parts are essential components of our body and therefore of our person, who before everything else is … Read the rest...

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  • THE FIFTH PROVINCE

    THE FIFTH PROVINCE

    Imagining a Space of Dialogical Co-Creations!

     

    Imelda McCarthy PhD

     

    “A vivid imagination compels the whole body to obey it”.  Aristotle

     

    Introduction

    This paper will re-present some ideas, which were shared at the ‘Training in a Women’s Voice’ conference organized by KCC in June 2009.   Here I will refocus on key aspects of my working in and from the ‘Space of the Fifth Province’ particularly around the ideas of Dialogue, Sacred Space, Presence and Love.    Today, I see what I call a Fifth Province co-creative  therapy as facilitating conversations and contexts of transformation which bring us beyond the enthrallment and/or dilemmas of a dualistic world view.   This is not to say that we deny the constraints and affordances of our physical and social worlds.    We cannot as they constantly make themselves felt as they tickle us through ongoing challenges and invitations.   However, more and more I have come to see that these challenges and invitations also … Read the rest...

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  • Some thoughts on culture: into the Samoan perspective

    The Family Centre’s study of Samoan attitude to health stated: “Samoan people believe that the person is ‘itu lua’, that is the person has physical, mental and spiritual aspects.  We view ourselves as whole beings. In other words the spirit, the body, the will…  It was emphasized that the Samoan self is seen as a total being comprising spiritual, mental and physical elements which cannot be separated. If I become mentally unwell, everything else is not well. If I become physically unwell, everything else is not well. I cannot say, ‘I will leave my spirituality while I go and get on with my physical function’, or ‘I will put aside my mental function while I undertake my spiritual duty’. The whole person is all parts. The person cannot be divided by anyone.” (Tamasese, Peteru, Waldegrave, & Bush, 2005)

    I have been taught to understand the position of human beings within nature by the Kaska First Nations of Canada’s Yukon. For … Read the rest...

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  • Confessions of a Cybernetic Epistemologist, Bradford P. Keeney, Ph.D.

    I begin with an adolescent memory:  as a seventh grade science student my imagination was captured by an essay in a popular science magazine that discussed what was called a “myoelectric controlled prosthetic device.” An Italian researcher named Professor Horn had attached electrodes to the human body, connected them to a bioelectric amplifier and a network of relays, which in turn, controlled a mechanical arm.  The bioelectric signals from the person’s body were used to control the exterior device.  I was fascinated by the way the boundaries of the human body could be extended into a bioelectric loop that included an exterior mechanical device.  I set out to build such a circuit and although it technically failed, my efforts were rewarded by theKansas Cityregional science fair.  I took the cash prize and purchased a copy of Ross Ashby’s book on cybernetics along with the classic works of Norbert Wiener.  That was my baptism into cybernetic thinking.

    Feedback is a method … Read the rest...

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Systemics Voices and paths within complexity

Umberta Telfener, Luca Casadio

Introduction

Ludwig Wittgenstein observed in his Philosophical Investigations (1953, no. 18) that language “can be seen as an ancient city: a maze of little streets and squares, of old and new houses, and of houses with additions from various periods; and this surrounded by a multitude of new boroughs with straight, regular streets and uniform houses.” In our view, this analogy also captures the evolution of the various forms of knowledge (collective, individual, family, cultural, aesthetic, religious, etc.) and scientific knowledge in particular, with its “constructions”, interaction with other styles, and landscape. Read More