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Front cover of one of the approximately 250 volumes (the 1988 book The Anatomy of Psychotherapy by Larry Friedman, translated in 1993) of the book series "Program of Psychology, Psychiatry, and Psychotherapy" (see the full list of published volumes) of Boringhieri publisher of Turin, Italy (since 1987 "Bollati Boringhieri"), founded in 1964 by Pier Francesco Galli, M.D. (founder of the journal Psicoterapia e Scienze Umane), and directed by him until 1996 (design by Enzo Mari). Some of these books are Italian translations of Monographs of the Book Series Psychological Issues, founded by George S. Klein in 1959


Front cover of a volume with the original design (the 1960 book The Structure of Psychonalytic Theory: A Systematizing Attempt by David Rapaport, translated by Pier Fracesco Galli, M.D., in 1969) of the book series "Program Psychology, Psychiatry, and Psychotherapy" of Boringhieri publisher of Turin, Italy (design by Enzo Mari)


Front cover of the first ("Character", of 1992) of the 24 volumes book series "L'osservazione psicoanalitica" ["The Psychoanalytic Observation"] of Bollati Boringhieri publisher of Turin, Italy, directed by Pier Francesco Galli. M.D.

Presentation of the book series "L'osservazione psicoanalitica" ["The Psychoanalytic Observation"] (from the back cover):
Thanks to this book series, vivid and scientifically rigorous descriptions made by authors of various orientations within the psychoanalytic field - that have in common the ability of observing and acutely understanding the meaning of complex human behaviors - are made available out of the context of the wider books where they were originally published.
This book series leads the reader towards mental phenomena and the mystery that surrounds any insight trying to shed light on them. The psychoanalytic understanding does not eliminate the characteristic of interminable process that keeps in the background each truth presenting itself as a paradigm: it is a way of asking questions rather than a way of knowing.
In particular, the realm of affects is the nuclear aspect of the psychoanalytic edifice. The dynamics, the vicissitudes, and the transformations of affects, and their regulation that goes from the most elementary drives to the most differentiated feelings - up to language that expresses them and to the relation with consciousness - allowed the collection of acute and sophisticated observations that produced pages of rare beauty and also of great clinical value.
The sensitive understanding of affects, empathy, and the ability of translating them into words are working instruments of the psychoanalyst. But they are also instruments of daily living in which each one can identify beyond the scientific codes that are necessary for the construction of a psychoanalytic psychology.
These small volumes are useful to mental health professionals. But also non professionals will feel closer to a perspective that nowadays is an heritage of everybody's culture and that - by its own nature escaping from "scientistic" temptations - represents the history and the human condition of our time.

Pier Francesco Galli, M.D. (1992)


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