Dare ciò che non si ha

Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] Give what you don't have

Maria Teresa Maiocchi

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[Autom. eng. transl.] The dimension of the gift is to give, in what one gives, what one does not have: to give an object that fills in the other that lack of which the donor himself suffers all the effects, a dialectic that highlights the unexpectedly transitive side of the gift : I miss you, so I give you. This logic can also be found, above all, in the so-called "help" relationships, where the real problem does not seem to lie in the availability of the offerer in need, at the request of the sufferer: the true condition of the aid is the actual capacity, for those who ask , of acceptance and therefore of subjective elaboration of the offer. The offer of help, like every gift, to be effective must then include the lack of the offerer, for example in his discovery without guarantee - of power and effectiveness - in the service that he also puts into practice. There are situations that we can define as clinical in a radical sense, that is, where an operational listening of suffering is involved, although a request for treatment, neither explicit but not implicit, is not at stake. We can speak here of a clinic with no question, a basic clinical one, no less strong than the one with a psychotherapeutic background, a clinical problem, since - in the absence of a negotiable question - the operator has a very narrow margin for building his field. A clinic of the aid that actually corresponds to the subject must take into account the ways of linking that are really at stake, especially in those limit forms of the intervention that can make little use of a well constituted question, and can therefore only play everything on the ways of the offer: whether it knows how to include or not the size of the gift.
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] Give what you don't have
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)203-215
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 1999


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