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Meaning as a dynamic process. Conceptual and methodological implications.

Sergio Salvatore - Full Professor of Dynamic Psychology.

His scientific interests regard the psychodynamic and semiotic theorization of mental phenomena and the methodology of analysis of psychological processes as field dependent dynamics. He also takes an interest in theory and the analysis of psychological intervention in clinical, scholastic, organizational and social fields. On these issues he has designed and managed various scientific projects and published several volumes and more than 180 articles on Italian and international Journals.

Director of the Doctoral Course in Sciences of the Mind and Human Relations – University of Salento

At the present he teaches Foundation of Psychotherapeutic Interventions and Model of the Psychological Intervention.

He gave lessons and seminars in several universities: Università di Salerno; Università di Palermo; Università di Napoli “Federico II”; Università di Firenze; Università di Roma, “La Sapienza”; University of Tallin (Estonia), Autonoma Universidad de Madrid (Spain), ISMAI (Oporto, Portugal); University of Minho (Braga, Portugal); Neuchatel (Switzerland); SFU (Wien, Austria); Clark University (Worcester-MASS, USA); Harvard Medical School (Boston, MASS, USA); Ritsumeikan (Kyoto, Japan).

Co-editor of Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science, Research in Psychotherapy, Rivista Psicologia Clinica- Review of Clinical Psychology. Member of the Scientific Board of several other Journals (among others: Culture & Psychology; International Journal of Dialogical Science; Leadership and the Humanities;  Rivista internazionale di filosofia e psicologia)

Seminar details 

A dynamic, contextual and dialogical model of meaning, entailing an ostensible as well as a latent dimension is presented.   

Some basic conceptual and methodological tenets will be drawn from the model. More in particular, from a conceptual point of view, two aspects will be pointed out: a) the idea that meaning emerges from sensemaking, rather than the contrary (as commonsense believes). B) the possibility to ground on new bases the linkage between thought and emotions. From a methodological stand point,  two complementary methodological lines of inquiry are discussed: structural and dynamic analysis of meaning. For each of them an example is provided, in order to show how they work and what they performs. More in general, it will be highlighted how the dynamic, contextual and dialogical model of meaning entails the necessity of an idiographic approach to the study of individual, interpersonal and social processes of sensemaking.

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