Issue 3 – June 2006


Theoretical study
Ágoston Schmelowsky: Ignacio Matte-Blanco’s theory of mind
Research study
Zoltán Terenyi: Analysis of online (computer-mediated) form of group psychotherapy
Zsófia Boytha: The myth and practice of psychotherapy
István Hárdi
: The conceptual frame, phenomenology, and genesis of hysteria


News and reports
Professional View

A statement of psychoanalytic psychotherapy, part 1.
Bernadette Babusa • Zsófia Boytha • Noémi Gyömbér • Katalin Jakab • Csilla Banga, Károly Oriold, Mária Kollár
Book Reviews: Béla Birkás • Béla Buda • Zsuzsanna Kerekes • Mária Palaczky • István Tiringer

Professional Programs
Psychographics of Tihamér Bakó

External control

Ignacio Matte-Blanco’s theory of mind
Ágoston Schmelowsky

Ignacio Matte-Blanco constructed a very particular model of the mind. For achieving this he used besides S. Freud’s and M. Klein’s metapsychological theories logical and geometrical theorems. In the article I summarize Matte-Blanco’s model of the mind and argue for its theoretical and practical significance.

Keywords: Ignacio Matte-Blanco — metapsychology — psychoanalysis — mental functioning — unconscious

Analysis of online( computer-mediated) form of group psychotherapy
Zoltán Terenyi

Communicative features of computer-mediated, online, synchronized, text based form of group psychotherapy are analyzed. A comparison is made with the original concept of present time, common space, verbal (oral) therapy groups as well as with other forms of groups mediated by computers. Some other points of view are emphasized, like cultural background,
technological abilities (textuality, presence, virtual space).

Keywords: group psychotherapy — online therapy — CMC, computer mediated communication

The myth and practice of psychotherapy
Zsófia Boytha

The essay highlights Thomas Szasz’s opinion and critics about psychotherapies, moreover his own psycho-therapeutic approach, that he used in his private praxis for decades and in which the improvement of the patient’s autonomy and responsibility come into central position.

Keywords: metaphorical therapy — autonomous psychotherapy — responsibility

The conceptual frame, phenomenology, and genesis of hysteria
István Hárdi

Changes in the concept of hysteria, its history, and Freud’s early work on the subject is looked at. Symptomatology of hysteria is examined together with the basic dynamic processes in the background, the oedipal problems and connected instinctual discharges, hysterical identification, and secondary gains.
By discussing anxiety hysteria, we examine the defence mechanisms, Freud’s main theses on anxiety, and Hermann’s theory of clinging. At the end vignettes are given for illustration.

Keywords: hysteria — conversion — Oedipus complex — inhibition — clinging- instinct.

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