Special Issue "Everyday Life Behaviors, Medical Disorders, and Psychopathology through the Lens of the Psychodynamic Approach"

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Yura Loscalzo
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Guest Editor
Dipartimento di Scienze della Salute, Università degli Studi di Firenze, 50121 Firenze FI, Italy
Interests: studyholism; workaholism; hikikomori; social anxiety; perinatal depression
Dr. Marco Giannini
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Guest Editor
Dipartimento di Scienze della Salute, Università degli Studi di Firenze, 50135 Firenze FI, Italy
Interests: psychotherapy research; projective techniques; psychological testing; defense mechanisms; studyholism; workaholism

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The field of psychotherapy is characterized by various approaches, including cognitive therapy and gestalt therapy, among others. This Special Issue focuses on the psychodynamic approach. Psychodynamic therapy refers to a range of treatments based on psychoanalytic concepts and methods. It draws basically from Object Relations, Ego Psychology, and Self Psychology and it was developed as a simpler, less-lengthy alternative to psychoanalysis. 

Hence, this Special Issue prompts research that analyzes clinical disorders (both psychological and medical diagnoses) and everyday life behaviors (e.g., romantic or work/school relationships, attitudes towards work/study) by exploring the role of psychodynamic variables such as attachment styles, early parent–child relationships, and defense mechanisms.

Moreover, it welcomes theoretical papers that analyze everyday behaviors and clinical disorders through the application of psychodynamic theories like the Structural Approach,

Object Relations Theory, the Interpersonal-Relational Approach, Attachment Theory, and Mentalization.

Finally, this Special Issue also accepts reviews of the literature concerning variables critical for the psychodynamic perspective (e.g., insight, attachment, transfer, alliance) and case studies that apply psychodynamic treatments.

Dr. Yura Loscalzo
Dr. Marco Giannini
Guest Editors

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  • attachment
  • defense mechanisms
  • unconscious
  • object relations
  • projective techniques
  • perinatal
  • insight
  • transfer
  • alliance
  • treatment

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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