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Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy

, Volume 48, Issue 4, pp 225–232 | Cite as

Considerations in Francisco Varela for Psychotherapy of Sense

  • Claudio Zamorano
  • Pilar Cuevas
  • Liliana Mera
Original Paper
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Abstract

Under the influence of dialogic and narrative models, relational systemic psychotherapy has shifted its attention towards understanding the relational self, its agency and off-centered nature. In order to substantiate its new clinical positions, it has reached for other disciplines such as philosophy and literature. Francisco Varela’s approach regarding the ontological aporia between the individual and the relationship may provide conceptual foundations to propose a clinical understanding where identity and sense play a key role. By considering intentionality as the engine of everything that’s living, Varela generates a difference between the extensive environment in which individuals unfold, and the singular investiture of significance through which people seek relationships to recognize their identity. A model for a relational psychotherapy of sense is proposed, based in Francisco Varela’s conceptual influences.

Keywords

Intentionality Sense Relation Identity Siege 

Notes

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversidad de ChileSantiagoChile
  2. 2.Universidad de ChileSantiagoChile

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