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Caviglia, G. Lingiardi, V. (2014). The Fortunes of the Relational Model in Italy: Notes on Publishing, Teaching, and Training. Psychoanal. Dial., 24(5):578-589.

(2014). Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 24(5):578-589

The Fortunes of the Relational Model in Italy: Notes on Publishing, Teaching, and Training

Giorgio Caviglia, Ph.D. and Vittorio Lingiardi, M.D.

The beginning of the Italian “relational turn” dates back to the translation, in 1986, of Greenberg and Mitchell’s Object Relations in Psychoanalytic Theory. The authors illustrate how the Italian psychodynamic world received this book and the following contributions from the relational colleagues from the United States. In particular, they review the last three decades of Italian psychoanalytic publications (both journals and books) and training programs (both private and public schools), showing the increasing presence of relational elements and the specific ways in which they appear, sometime facing hostility and devaluation. Nowadays, thanks to the pioneering work of a determinate and passionate group of psychoanalysts and editorial consultants, we can say that the relational turn in Italy is a “matter of fact” and the relational approach one of the most influential voices in the Italian psychoanalytic and psychodynamic community.

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