Why people turn to clinical psychologist: Thinking over the analysis of demand

Renzo Carli


In this paper we analyze the reasons that lead to ask for a psychological intervention and we define the objectives of the intervention itself. One goes to see a psychologist not for a cure of a psychological distress, but for the development of productive goals. The author proposes the construct of collusion, based on the illusory absence of stimuli from the contextual reality, as usual way of social experience. The collusion based on absence involves the failure of collusion as traumatic experience of the absence of absence: i.e. an emotional emergency that can justify the recourse to the psychologist. In this work we discuss some categories, typical to clinical psychology, that differentiate the attraction based on possession, on the one hand, and the desire as motivation for the productive development of the relationship within the reality, on the other. The Analysis of Demand aims to transform attraction into desire.


collusion; failure of collusion; affective symbolization; attraction; desire.

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Rivista di Psicologia Clinica. Teoria e metodi dell'intervento

Rivista Telematica a Carattere Scientifico Registrazione presso il Tribunale civile di Roma (n.149/2006 del 17/03/2006)

ISSN 1828-9363