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Raffaello Cortina Editore

Mourning and EMDR

From Diagnosis to Clinical Intervention

di Roger M. Solomon

publisher: Raffaello Cortina Editore

pages: 240

The world’s greatest expert on trauma and mourning    In this book, Roger Solomon draws on his wealth of experience and clinical sensitivity to explain how to work with mourning and the pain of loss. The author describes the impact that the loss of a loved one can have on innumerable functions, both intrapsychic and interpersonal, on the tasks that the mourner has to face in processing the sense of loss and the plethora of factors that can complicate mourning. After providing a brief panorama of EMDR, the author accompanies the therapist through the process step by step, integrating theoretical explanations with numerous accounts of clinical cases, using theoretical frameworks – including the theory of attachment and that of continuing bonds – that are efficacious for clinical work and a complete understanding of the cases presented. The author completes the volume with a detailed explanation of how to use EMDR therapy to facilitate the mourning process: each of the eight phases is examined in depth, in relation to working through grieving and the pain of loss.  

Eggs Benedict in Manhattan

Metropolitan Recipes of a Full, in all Senses of the Word, Professor

di Gian Piero Piretto

publisher: Raffaello Cortina Editore

pages: 250 with colour images

Travel tales, nostalgic memories flavoured with a dash of irony and 60 recipes from the world’s great cities Looking for a tasty snack? Which of these would tickle your gastric juices, one of San Francisco’s famous tuna melts or a French assiette de fromages? And if you are feeling gloomy, which would you choose to brighten up your day, a bagna caoda from the Italian Piedmont region or a Berlin currywurst?A professor of Russian literature describes his travel experiences, especially to street markets and the best eating places.  A gastro-cultural tour of a number of cities – Turin, London, New York, Berlin, San Francisco, Paris, Istanbul – that have changed over the course of the years. Metropolitan glimpses of eccentric personalities, anecdotes of everyday life, nostalgic memories flavoured with a dash of irony and seasoned with recipes of dishes and beverages enjoyed over five decades.Which was more poignant, the whiff of cinnamon in a San Francisco fog or the smell of coal dust hanging in the air above a Berlin still divided by the Wall? After a day in Paris, should you raise a glass of classic Kir or Kir Royal? Those who lean to the left might prefer to order a communard, those who tend more to the right will ask for a cardinal. Whichever you choose, Cheers! .

A Biography of Jesus

According to the Gospels

di Gianfranco Ravasi

publisher: Raffaello Cortina Editore

pages: 240

The life, passion and resurrection of Jesus as recounted by a great scholar This “biography” of Jesus is constructed on the watershed between faith and historical fact. The opening pages provide a setting that isolates the historical-cultural and geopolitical coordinates of the four Gospels, after which the reader is accompanied in a journey through their pages that offer a composite of portraits taken from different perspectives rather than an academic reconstruction of a character and his story. Gianfranco Ravasi develops this profile of Jesus adhering to certain fundamental features, starting from his public life in the village of Nazareth, his speeches that frequently flowed into parabolic narratives, his hands that moved in surprising gestures, catalogued as “miracles”. Then the supreme sacrifice, his death by capital execution condoned by Rome. But just when the curtain falls on Jesus’s earthly existence, a new phase of his life opens, a discriminant without precedence, defined as “resurrection”.  Understanding this requires another descriptive channel, mainly consigned to a transcendental consciousness, known as the “Paschal Mystery”.  

Serendipity

The Unexpected in Science

di Telmo Pievani

publisher: Raffaello Cortina Editore

pages: 200

Great discoveries that happened by chance. Serendipity and its heroes, from Christopher Columbus to Sherlock Holmes. How many times have you searched for something and come across something entirely different? A partner, a friend, a job, an object. It happens to scientists all the time: they design an experiment and the results reveal something totally unexpected, that often turns out to be quite important. This fascinating phenomenon is known as serendipity, coined from the Persian fable of the three princes of Serendip, sent out by their father to explore the world.In the history of science, this is how the greatest discoveries have been made. But here you won’t find the usual list of anecdotes about the discovery of penicillin, X-rays and microwave ovens. The most surprising serendipity stories reveal profound aspects of the logic of scientific discovery. These discoveries cannot be ascribed to fortune alone: serendipity springs from a mixture of astuteness and curiosity, of sagacity and accidents seized upon and transformed into knowledge in the blink of an eye. Above all, serendipity shows us things we didn’t know that we didn’t know. Following the success of The Natural History of Imperfection and Finitude, Telmo Pievani reveals the thrilling story of an idea. From Zadig to Sherlock Holmes, the numerous heroes of serendipity show us that Nature, out there, is always much greater than we ever imagine.

Do Sexual Relationships Really Exist?

Desire, Love and Pleasure

di Massimo Recalcati

publisher: Raffaello Cortina Editore

pages: 202

Spotlight on sex. Seduction, possession, the rules governing encounters with the partner. Unlike sex in the animal world, regulated as it is by infallible instinct, human sexuality brings to mind a cubist collage. Instinct just doesn’t work for humans who have found that it is no easy task to juggle sexual desire and love, among other things. They have also come to accept that in every sexual relationship, even before actually meeting the partner, desire is structured unconsciously in a singular phantasm that dictates the rules of the encounter: seduction, possession, jealousy, ecstasy.  They also have to come to terms with the fact that men and women approach sexuality differently and this difference brings misunderstandings and embarrassment in its wake. Then there is the symptomatology of sex that includes premature ejaculation, frigidity, the absence of desire, compulsive onanism, fetishism, perverse sexual practices. Having taken stock of all these elements, the author, following in Lacan’s footsteps, poses the question as to whether sexual relationships exist as such, given that every sexual relationship is first and foremost a relationship with one’s own phantasms.

The Sea of the Gods

A Mythological Guide to the Greek Islands

di Giulio Guidorizzi, Silvia Romani

publisher: Raffaello Cortina Editore

pages: 326

Santorini, the Pompei of the Aegean, Kos, the island of Hippocrates and so of health and well-being, Rhodes, a flower blossoming from the sea… The islands came into being before mankind. From the beginning the Greeks thought of themselves as a part of constellation of lands surrounded by sea: a myriad of stars belonging to the same galaxy. This was where the sun of our civilization rose: thousands of years ago, in those islands men began to build ships, and model idols from clay. These are wonderful places, the shores lapped by what is probably the most beautiful sea in the world, places where even as tourists it is possible to feel the breath of the gods and the heroes who lived there in antiquity.Following on Treading where the gods once walked. A mythological guide to Greece, this volume embarks on a quest for new beaches from which to enchant the reader with timeless tales of the heroes and the mortals who have made the Greek islands more than just a mark on a map, rather a place to which we dream of returning.

The Direction of Thought

Mathematics and Philosophy to Distinguish Cause and Consequence

di Marco Malvaldi

publisher: Raffaello Cortina Editore

pages: 326

The increase of carbon dioxide emissions is causing global warming, or is global warming causing an increase in carbon dioxide emissions? Sometimes it is difficult to decide which is the cause and which is the effect. Try figure it out yourself with Marco Malvaldi’s guidance.   Why? This question, beloved of children of every generation, is the most spontaneous instrument for understanding the world: humans are always trying to separate the course of events into causes and consequences and to understand if the causes are in their turn the consequences of something else. This may sound simple, but in fact it is more complicated than it seems. Take for example a graph showing a strong correlation over a number of centuries between the trend of the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere and that of the increase of the surface temperature of the earth. Does this prove that CO2 causes global warming? Actually, that same graph can also show that the increase in temperature causes the increase in concentration of CO2, which is chemically feasible, the solubility of gasses in water decreases as the temperature increases. At this point, the question is, which of the two is the cause and which is the consequence? In this case, it is extremely difficult to give an answer. So, are we really able to decide which is the cause and which is the effect? The answer is, not always, but frequently it is. And trying to distinguish between the two, it might be possible to understand what consciousness is. If you are curious to discover how, we’ll try to work it out together.

Finitude

A Philosophical Novel on Fragility and Freedom

di Telmo Pievani

publisher: Raffaello Cortina Editore

pages: 275

A philosophical detective story: how to find a meaning to existence if everything comes to an end? Camus and Monod provide an answer, in a compelling dialogue between fiction and reality staged by Telmo Pievani. The writer Albert Camus doesn’t die in that accident on January 4, 1960. His closest friend, the geneticist Jacques Monod, goes to visit him in hospital. They are writing a book together. They read the drafts, evoke memories of their adventures in Paris during the Resistance. A world vision starts to take form, full of disenchantment. Science has revealed the finitude of everything: of the universe, of planet Earth, all living species, of each and every one of us. How are we to find a meaning to existence, while accepting our finiteness?Camus and Monod review all the lay possibilities of challenging death. The investigation becomes a philosophical detective story. Maybe finitude does not imply nihilism after all, but rather solidarity, revolution, a life lived to the full. An elegant divertissement of fact woven with fiction, Finitudine is the story of a real friendship between two Nobel prize winners, a fascinating dialogue, a book within a book. Following on the success of his book Imperfezione.

The Electric Brain

The Challenges of Neuromodulation

di Simone Rossi

publisher: Raffaello Cortina Editore

pages: 320

Cutting-edge neuroscience: stimulating and treating the brain with electricity.  In this brilliant debut, Simone Rossi, a protagonist of state-of-the-art neurological research, discusses the important progress made in neuroscience and how he himself has approached it. The book reveals where nervous information originates, how it moves, how the cerebral connections function, what cerebral oscillations are. It explains how cerebral activity is recorded and, a recent novelty, how neuromodulation can potentially interact with it to treat neurological and psychiatric illnesses. The Electric Brain transports us to the cutting-edge of neuroscience, to advanced frontiers in research and practice including electroceutical therapy and neuroenhancement, and discusses the technological and ethical issues involved in applying electrical current, however weak it may be, to the human brain. Written in the first person by a protagonist of Italian neuroscience who relates entertaining episodes of his “life as a scientist”, the style is engaging and the subject intriguing.

Amazon Backstage

di Martin Angioni

publisher: Raffaello Cortina Editore

pages: 288

In less than twenty-five years Amazon has become one of the three companies with the highest stock market capitalization in the world. With a turnover exceeding two hundred and eighty billion US$, eight hundred thousand employees, one hundred and forty million clients subscribing to its Prime program, three million sellers operating on its sales platform, the question that immediately springs to mind is, what is the secret of this extraordinary success? The company culture built on innovation, its internal work organization, the ideology imposed on all its employees and the charisma of its founder Jeff Bezos, all these are fundamental ingredients. Equally fundamental, however, is the lack of regulation in the countries in which Amazon operates. Martin Angioni was one of Amazon’s top managers and so has a profound understanding of this multinational which continues to be mysterious to outsiders. In this book he takes the reader behind the scenes to analyze both the brilliance and the dark side of the company’s success story. A story that is of interest to everyone because Amazon is now an empire, and as such poses serious problems for competition in the marketplace, for the freedom of the consumer to choose autonomously, for the people’s power of control.

Bodies, Skeletons, and Crimes

Stories from Labanof

di Cristina Cattaneo

publisher: Raffaello Cortina Editore

pages: 300

At the crime scene with Italy’s best-known forensic pathologist In her new book Cristina Cattaneo, Italy’s best-known forensic pathologist, explains how anthropology, forensic sciences and medicine tackle crime scenes, laboratory analyses and crime in general in the real world: the skeleton of a woman killed by organized crime because she wanted to change her life; the crowds of unidentified and forgotten dead; the victims of sexual violence; the remains of famous historical figures that reveal the past. Stories of how the passion and determination of doctors, biologists, archaeologists and naturalists contribute to the safeguard of justice, and human rights and to the reconstruction of ancient civilizations.

The New Melancholies

di Massimo Recalcati

publisher: Raffaello Cortina Editore

pages: 250

New psychoanalytic considerations on the contemporary evils of existence This book investigates a number of key elements of contemporary clinical psychoanalysis, with a particular focus on new forms of melancholy. While in its classical Freudian conception, melancholy involves a sense of guilt, today it has acquired a new declension, characterized by a fundamental lack of awareness of life and its transmission from one generation to the next.The spread of clinical cases related to the new melancholies is revealing the dark side of contemporary social discourse; the sad truth behind the maniacal circus of permanent frenzy, the mad whirligig of unlimited consumption, is revealed in a vertical plunge in the sense of and desire for life. Hate born of fundamentalism or extremism, the cult of Mammon driven by avidity, pathological dependencies and the narcistic-autistic deviations of youth, the subjective cult of perverse pleasure, are other crucial elements that contribute to the deadly passion of new melancholy, challenging not only psychoanalysts but the world at large.

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