RESEARCH ARTICLE


Psychotraumatology of Images in Gender Dysphoria



Salvatore Settineri1, Fabio Frisone2, Emanuele Maria Merlo2, *
1 Department of Biomedical and Dental sciences and Morphofunctional Imaging, University of Messina, Messina, Italy
2 Department of Cognitive Sciences, Psychology, Educational and Cultural Studies (COSPECS), University of Messina, Messina, Italy


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* Address correspondence to this author at the Department of Cognitive Sciences, Psychology, Educational and Cultural Studies (COSPECS), University of Messina, Messina, Italy, Tel: 0039 090 3710722; E-mail: emerlo@unime.it


Abstract

Background:

The study proposes a psychodynamic analysis of the traumatic role of mental images, that can be expressed by many conditions; in phenomenology, the psychic relationship is meant as the relationship between subject and object. The analysis is aimed at understanding how representations are relevant.

Objective:

Representations are distinguished as the possibility of intrinsic trauma and as inherently deferred in the conflict between sexual-biological identity and gender-psychological identity; our work aims to highlight how internal images affect adaptation processes.

Method:

The analysis involves the study of 10 Rorschach protocols of Gender Dysphoria subjects in Male to Female transition; the protocols are analyzed through the studies of N. Raush de Traubenberg, with reference to the Self and Body; a psycho-traumatological and phenomenological analysis of imaginal experiences will be proposed.

Results:

From the analysis emerges the presence of Self and Body representations affected by a partial and fragmentary prevalence of contents, the presence of psychotraumatic phenomena associated to the processes of introjection and identification of mental representations.

Conclusion:

The knowledge of the presence of affected representations and psycho-traumatological outcomes would be useful for a psychodiagnostic and psychotherapeutic purpose, intended for the implementation of the adaptation process.

Keywords: Gender Dysphoria, Mental images, Psychotraumatology, Traumatic images, Rorschach, Representations.