The aim of the course is to introduce the most important theoretical orientations, from Freud to contemporary authors, who have characterized dynamic psychology. The theories that contributed to shift attention from the interpretation of classical psychoanalysis to the relationship of contemporary psychoanalysis, which aims to capture the person's subjective and intersubjective experience of the person, will be studied and compared.
Moreover, recent empirical contributions regarding the link between dynamic psychology and neuroscience will be discussed.
At the end of the course the student will have a knowledge of the basic concepts of dynamic psychology and will be able to use an appropriate scientific lexicon to understand the nuances of meaning of the different theoretical approaches.


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Mutuazione: 20709051 PSICOLOGIA DINAMICA - L.M. in Scienze filosofiche LM-78 N0 Altavilla Daniela


Introduction and discussion of the main theories of dynamic psychology: Freud's classical psychoanalysis, ego psychology (A. Freud, H. Hartmann, R. Spitz, M. Mahler), Sullivan's interpersonal psychoanalysis, the object relations theory ( M. Klein), the independent group of the English school (W.R.D. Fairbairn, D.W. Winnicott, J. Bowlby), the identity and Self psychology (E. Erikson, H. Kohut), Freudian revisionism and theoretical debates.
The intersubjective basis of psychic life: mind-body relationship, trauma, and pathogenesis.

Core Documentation

- Mitchell, S. A., & Black, M. J. (1995). Freud and Beyond: A History of Modern Psychoanalytic Thought.

- Stolorow, R. D., & Atwood, G. E. (2014). Contexts of being: The intersubjective foundations of psychological life. Routledge. (Chapters: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

Type of delivery of the course

Lession in classroom



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