BOLOGNA 2020

We have entered into a new era that has severed the connections with prior periods: the world has undergone a tremendous acceleration, and the speed of social interactions has increased exponentially.

The material conditions of existence, and life expectancy have increased enormously, as does the possibility of communicating and establishing social contacts; technology has reduced labor time and labor fatigue, creating the possibility of more space for self-care.

At the same time this social acceleration and the expansion of the digital and virtual dimension has involved an excess of stimuli and information that uproots humanity from his old home / world, reversing person’s relationship with his body and promoting the fragmentation of the social fabric: the predominance of technology is producing a progressive eclipse of the body, and a gradual settlement in the image.

All this can create a sensation of uprooting and estrangement:
Body Psychotherapy seeks to return humans home, by repairing the deep fracture between the living body and its virtual image, consequently reconnecting sense to sensation.

The eclipsing of the body is primarily caused by a detachment from our sensations, which are the solid foundation needed for the construction of our emotions. Sensations allow the individual to feel alive, to be in the here and now and to feel completely unique: a kind of “cartesian” condition of self-evident truth.

Trauma research shows just how important it is to work towards recovering the sensorial flux, in order to replace and integrate the memories that trauma has excluded from the individual’s awareness and its personal coherence.

This congress will explore this “eclipsing of the body” from various perspectives: phenomenological, neurophysiological, anthropological and psychodynamic. It will underscore the particular resources of Body Psychotherapy, compared it with other therapeutic approaches.

We need to research new methodologies and treatments for clinical disturbances and we require creating new paradigms in order to understand how psychotherapy can be effective in a world increasingly more virtual and disjointed.
This is even more important considering prevention and health promotion: many experts will be confronted with those changes. New challenges and emerging themes will be addressed in the various disciplines, from sexuality to politics, from prevention to clinical work, from ethics to economics, from ecology to new Intelligences … because a future is still possible.