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Terapia psicológica

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MORALES, Germán  and  CORNEJO, Marcela. Ambivalences in the listening of torture in Chile: clinical and social implications. Ter Psicol [online]. 2013, vol.31, n.2, pp.197-208. ISSN 0718-4808.

The results presented are derived from the analysis of two instances in which individuals gave their testimonies of torture during the military dictatorship in Chile: a study conducted with professionals from the Chilean National Commission on Political Imprisonment and Torture, and psychotherapeutic groups for people who were referred to psychological treatment after declaring before said commission. The life stories of 22 professionals working for the Commission were documented, and 4 psychotherapy groups comprising 29 people in total were set up (2 for men and 2 for women)". In both cases, the listening sessions focused on experiences of traumatic events, which resulted in the emergence of ambivalences regarding the emotions felt and the institutional dimension due to the fact that both listening instances were carried out in association with the Commission. The analyses make it possible to understand the effects that the listening of torture generates at an individual and a social level.

Keywords : Torture; ambivalent identification; Chilean National Commission on Political Imprisonment and Torture; psychotherapy groups.

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