Giorgio Tricarico

psychologist, psychotherapist, Jungian analyst

The Labyrinth of Possibility

Foreword by Donald Kalsched

What exactly happens between the patient and the analyst when therapy is effective? Profoundly unsatisfied by the orthodox but vague explanation that “the therapeutic factor is the relationship”, Giorgio Tricarico explores a hypothesis that is able to comprehend many different methods of both therapy and analysis. Starting from his own clinical experience, Tricarico runs into the image of the classical labyrinth (Daidalon) and a deeper analysis of what this symbol implies, revealing it as a symbol of "Possibility". The worldwide presence in different cultures and ages of the labyrinth as such a symbol may indeed point to the existence of an element beyond it, whose activation in the relationship between patient and analyst could be a fundamental factor for psychic change. Different methods of cure, seen through the lenses of the hypothesis expressed, may share a common factor of transformation.
With the help of clinical cases, the concept of "impossibility" in analysis is also explored. Situations in which every change seems to be impossible compel us to widen our concept of possibility and to return to its original meaning, far away from the omnipotent one the Western world blindly keeps repeating.

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Lost Goddesses

A Kaleidoscope on Porn

Porn is a complex symbol of our modern world, and a shining example of the 'Shadow' of Western culture.

While many books essentially show its negative sides, the risks of addiction, the danger of damaging the relationship between sexes, and so on, this work focuses on porn as a phenomenon of our times, exploring its many shades.

From the perspective of Analytical Psychology, porn appears to be a symbol of the complexity of the human psyche, which emerged in a specific moment of the history of consciousness. Porn is put in relation with technology, with consumerism, with our neglecting the body, with the dictatorship of the image, with the individual and the collective shadow, and with the unconscious nostalgia of the sacred and the divine.

Lost Goddesses is not only addressed to psychotherapists, but to anyone interested in understanding porn as a phenomenon of the society of technology, its inner logic, and its multiple layers and connections.

Oltre l'Uomo

Chi è Pietari Jakola, l’inquietante individuo che Matteo incontra nel centro di Helsinki in un freddo venerdì di dicembre?
Matteo è un uomo del terzo millennio che non si riconosce nel tempo in cui vive. A partire da quella che lui definisce un’esperienza Giobbe, cioè l’esperienza di un carico di dolore che eccede una quantità tollerabile, inizia a cercare con rabbia un senso al “dolore del mondo”, giungendo a odiare Dio. Proprio allora compare Pietari, che spiazza, rovescia e annulla i faticosi tentativi di Matteo di cercare un senso al male, di mettere ordine nel caos, di intendere l’incomprensibile. Il racconto si snoda nell’arco di tre giorni, tra riflessioni e dialoghi sulle relazioni, sul nostro mondo malato e sulle domande di sempre dell’essere umano: da dove viene il male, perchè il dolore, che senso ha la morte. Ma nel racconto non trovano posto risposte definitive; solo ipotesi insature e un tragitto di ricerca che chiama altri viaggiatori a unirsi. Per poter fare una differenza.