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Pinato, M. Moia, A. (2012). Figures of Understanding: The Process of Image Subjectification. Int. J. Psychoanal. Self Psychol., 7(1):45-68.
   

(2012). International Journal of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology, 7(1):45-68

Figures of Understanding: The Process of Image Subjectification

Maurizio Pinato, Ph.D. and Anna Moia, Ph.D.

Translated by:
Isabella Negri

The “process of image subjectification” is a way to explore clinical micro-events. This process lends visual force to new ways of understanding systemic disturbances, variations, and emerging experiences taking place on the clinical stage. The aim of this article is to provide some indications as to how sensory skills can prevent developmental opportunities from disappearing. As a premise, we outline some basic systemic concepts—state, intentionality, and agency—to appreciate the role we give to the therapist's agency. Then, we describe the process of image subjectification, integrating it with the following dimensions: the synergy between this process and LeDoux's theory of mood congruence, the role of image subjectification in the processing of procedural memories, and Thelen and Smith's work about timing that supports the importance we give to the therapist's “readiness.” Clinical examples are given for each of these dimensions.

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