1- The social dreaming matrix as a ‘double founding myth”: Explorations in the building of collective trauma
Domenico Agresta, Italy
This work examines the function of the SDM as an experience of a double foundation of the mind and as a device which highlights the founding aspect of the dream and its semaphoric characteristic. The Matrix creates a complex representation by means of dreams which is repeated and modified in time (Agresta, 2016) – albeit putting its founding dimension at the base of its creative process – the network of dreams or the multiverse of meanings is a complex construction of social thinking. Reflecting on this Freud distinguished between memory and trauma: memory is the mnestic trace of an event; the trauma consists in the investment of this trace which transforms the trace into an eziological event. It is only as a memory that the event becomes a base for eziological elaboration, since it is on the mnestic trace that the psychic or pulsional excitement flows. Ultimately it’s thus the pulsion (drive) which transforms the memory into a trauma. Working with dreams we can build a semantic dimension and then translate a new dimension into a cultural object which puts the visible in contact with the invisible (semiophore).The SDM becomes a methodology to observe and apply this psychological experience.
2- Act of Triumph: Integration of psychodrama, EMDR and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
Irene Maria Letizia Bossù, Italy
Psychodrama, through kinesthetic perceptions, can access forgotten memories typical of Traumas and can also process unexpressed evolutive defenses. Therapeutic group naturally activates a protective sense of membership and belonging in the “Pack” through a “safety state” essential in trauma processing.
In traumas, to be stuck is not only the memory of the event, but above all, the defensive protective actions which would allow going back to life and hope. In Psychodrama, EMDR and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy the dramatization of memories, dreams and defenses that should have “intervened” can be transmitted through action and the body.