Can psychoanalytical hypotheses have a universal value? Can they describe the same – or a similar – psychic dynamic for any human, regardless of the historical, social and cultural context? Can psychoanalysis help with mental suffering in different realities? In our times, the questions psychoanalysis has to face are very complex. The modern world is dominated by technology that subverts the perception of the body, by new families and group organization, and by a global violence that enforces a changed geometry of the mind. The answers to these new situations differ from country to country, regardless of the uniformity brought about by globalization. Consequently, the role of psychoanalysis changes across different nations. Presenting their different experiences and problem areas, the authors of the essays contained herein have laid out a map which is different from the geographical and geopolitical ones that we all know.
Lorena Preta is the Director of the International Research Group: Geographies of Psychoanalysis. Full member of SPI (Italian Psychoanalytical Society) and IPA (International Psychoanalytical Association). Past Editor in chief of the journal Psyche (Journal of culture and psychoanalysis of the Italian Psychoanalytical Society), 2001-2009. Scientific consultant and director for many years of Spoletoscienza (Science and culture at the Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto). She is also the author of many publications including: Immagini e metafore della scienza (1993); Nuove geometrie della mente (1999); La brutalità delle cose. Trasformazioni psichiche della realtà (2015).