Chapters

Semantic polarities in couple and family therapy

Labow J., Chambers A., Douglas B. (eds.) Encyclopedia of couple and family therapy, Cham: Springer. doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-15877-8_952-1

Family constructs and semantic polarities: a convergent perspective?

D. Winter, P.,Cummins, H. , Procter, N. Reed (eds) Personal construct Psychology at 60. Newcastle upon Tyre: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 68-89.ISBN 978-1-4438-8279-8

Family semantic polarities as a guide for the therapeutic process.

McCarthy, Imelda & Simon, Gail (Eds.) (2016). Systemic Therapy as Transformative Practice. Farnhill: Everything is Connected Press, pp. 368-391. ISBN 978-0-9930723-2-1 Paperback ISBN 978-0-9930723-3-8 E-book

After having summarized the concepts of semantic polarity and family semantics, the chapter attempts to demonstrate the usefulness of the concepts of semantic polarity and family semantics for the therapeutic change, through two clinical couple cases. The critical event that induces both couples discussed in the chapter to request a consultation is the same: an unexpected betrayal.Both would like to move on, especially as the third party, who entered their lives, does not seem to be a credible alternative to the betrayed partner for different reasons. But they fail to do so. A separation seems to be a likely, although undesirable, outcome. Both couples are at a stage in their lives where children are becoming independent, have been successfully married for a long time and their mutual expectations have been substantially met. The life they had planned has become a reality. They really wanted to start … Download the abstract

Family Semantic Polarities and Positionings. A semantic analysis.

Rober,P.& Borcsa M. (eds.) Research perspectives in couple therapy: Discursive qualitative methods), Cham: Springer, pp. 125-148. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-23306-2_9. ISBN 978-3-319-23305-5

This chapter applies the semantic polarities model (Ugazio, 1998; 2013/12) and the semantic analysis derived from this model to the clinical case of Alfonso and Vittoria, the same that the other Authors of this book analyze through other models and tools. The semantic analysis of the four sessions with Victoria and Alfonso was carried out by two independent coders, applying the Family Semantics Grid (FSG) (Ugazio et al, 2009; Ugazio et al. in press). Inspired by the semantic polarities model, the FSG distinguishes and identifies two kinds of semantic polarities: narrated and interactive. The first are the semantic oppositions within which each partner, during conversation, defines him or herself, other significant persons and events. These polarities construct the “the narrated story”, which may be different from the “lived experience” that each conversational partner puts into action when interacting with his or her interlocutors….Download the abstract

Semantic polarities: two interpretations for one concept.

In C. Bruck, E. Kavner, S. Barratt (eds), Positions and Polarities in Contemporary Systemic Practice: The Legacy of David Campbell, Karnac, pp.151-168.

In this chapter of a book written to honor David Campbell, Valeria Ugazio reconstructs the history of her friendship with David Campbell and their intellectual exchange. He knew the theory of semantic polarities developed by Ugazio (1998, 2012/2013) through a rough translation of the first edition of Semantic polarities and psychopathologies in the families. Permitted and forbidden stories, many years before its publication in English (Routledge 2013). Campbell was fascinated by this model and its possible applications to organizations and to the intervention of the clinical psychologist in organizations. The book Taking position in the organizations, (Campbell & Groenbaek, 2006) is the result of the application of the model to the field of organization. Ugazio focuses on the different implications that David Campbell and she draw from the same model. It is above all about the concept of median position and median personalities that… Download the abstract

La famiglia nel trattamento dei disturbi alimentari.

In M.G. Gentile (a cura di), Nutrizione clinica e psicopatologie correlate (pp.45-57). Fidenza: Mattioli.

Significato e psicopatologia. La semantica dei disturbi fobici, ossessivi, alimentari e depressivi

Quaderni di Psicologia Clinica (vol.2, pp.69-100). Bergamo: University Press. Newcastle upon Tyne, Cambridge Scholars Publishing

La griglia delle semantiche familiari (GFS): le polarità narrate. Manuale per l’analisi semantica di conservazioni terapeutiche e self-narrative.

In P. Chianura, L. Chianura, E. Fuxa e S. Mazzoni (a cura di ), Manuale clinico di terapia familiare. Vol.III. Metodi e strumenti per la valutazione dei processi relazionali. Milano: Angeli.

Libertà, bontà, potere e appartenenza. Griglia delle Semantiche Familiari (GSF). Manuale per l’analisi semantica della conversazione diadica cliente-terapeuta

Quaderni del Dottorato in Psicologia Clinica (vol.1, pp.137-242). Bergamo: University Press.

La conversazione con i soggetti fobici è dominata dalla semantica della libertà?

Quaderni del Dottorato in Psicologia Clinica (vol.1, pp. 103-133). Bergamo: University Press.

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