Dynamic Psychology is an emergent discipline in the psychological field since, connecting itself to the traditional psychoanalytic schools, it also integrates them with the modern theoretical and applicative acquisitions, with particular reference to the experimental psychology, the group-analysis, the transpersonal-world study, the psychology of the Self, the inter-subjectivity, the family relationships’ system, the inside influence of communication and, finally, the various factors that have a remarkable role at the community psychology’s level. An interesting field of the dynamic psychology concerns the study of the symbolic world’s role and value; the Itinerant Seminar "L’IMMAGINARIO SIMBOLICO" represents an advanced model of this type of research.

 Today, the initial theories and the method of the psychoanalysis appears effectively less proper for understanding the post-modern man in his many aspects, not only considering the need to heal him from his unconscious problems but also the need to offer him a therapeutic support, both relatively to his problems correlated to the human and environmental reality that he has experienced from the birth, and relatively to the stress of adaptation to a too quickly mutable society. Today we cannot deny that, at a psychotherapeutic level, if the psychotherapist limits himself only to the deep study of the unconscious, this can appear restrictive in comparison to the modern dynamic psychology which, as well as this, directs its attention also to the patient's experiential world, the relationship with his parents and with other important figures of his infancy, and extends the analysis to the cultural matrixes to which the individual belongs and to the eventual problems between his subjectivity (as a unique person) and the environmental ecosystem (human environment and natural environment), to his community, to the contexts in which he was formed and he has lived. Finally, a particular attention must be given to the relationship between mind and body because of the increase of psychosomatic illnesses, that physical problems in which the psychological factors result decisive.

 From the psychotherapeutic setting’s point of view, the acquisitions of the dynamic psychology appear fundamental for a clinical work which goes beyond the famous psychoanalytic sofa, that is dynamic psychology mostly privileges the therapeutic relationship vis à vis, the group-therapies, the expansion of the patient’s expressive and creative abilities, and, besides, the techniques of empowering for helping him to find again the strength (or the courage) of developing a more active role within the community in which he can bring his personal "way of feeling", his ideas and his ability to build, together with other people, a more humane-sized social reality.(1)

Dr. Alfredo Anania 
Editor of the journal Psicologia Dinamica

(1) This article has been published in the special supplement of the daily:

 with the title: A dynamic therapy for psyche

   18 March 2006