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The word “epiphany” derives from the ancient Greek and means “manifestation”. Something similar is described in the modern language of Systems Theory with the term “emergence”. I claim that when we focus on human communities and societies, and even on the behavior of individuals, “epiphany” may be more fitting in order to describe an “emergence” with the adequate emphasis on the aesthetical, transcendent and ethical aspects that are required.
In the course of history and also of everyday life, epiphanies of evil and epiphanies of right occur and recur, at times in alternation and at times simultaneously.
Both for what concerns evil and right, epiphanies are discontinuous changes but come out of processes.
For what concerns evil, I focus on some characteristics and on the long-term deadly effects of a “problem-based” state of mind. Molding the world in terms of problems and solutions is necessary and appropriate in limited and practical domains. The adopting of this attitude as a general state of mind, shaping our whole presence in the world, blurs and ultimately denies the reality of persons, putting in foreground a pretended “reality” made of problems and solutions.
For what concerns right, I focus on what I call “eleogenetic” practices. “Eleos” is a Greek word that means “mercy”. “Mercy” is often mistaken for a sickly-sweetish attitude of turning a blind eye. I claim instead that mercy is a way to know reality with more precision and beauty, since reality is first of all a reality of persons, with their expressions, activities, encounters and contacts. Eleogenetic practices allow us to develop this kind of knowledge of oneself, of others, and ultimately of the world.

The word “epiphany” derives from the ancient Greek and means “manifestation”. Something similar is described in the modern language of Systems Theory with the term “emergence”. I claim that when we focus on human communities and societies, and even on the behavior of individuals, “epiphany” may be more fitting in order to describe an “emergence” with the adequate emphasis on the aesthetical, transcendent and ethical aspects that are required.
In the course of history and also of everyday life, epiphanies of evil and epiphanies of right occur and recur, at times in alternation and at times simultaneously.
Both for what concerns evil and right, epiphanies are discontinuous changes but come out of processes.
For what concerns evil, I focus on some characteristics and on the long-term deadly effects of a “problem-based” state of mind. Molding the world in terms of problems and solutions is necessary and appropriate in limited and practical domains. The adopting of this attitude as a general state of mind, shaping our whole presence in the world, blurs and ultimately denies the reality of persons, putting in foreground a pretended “reality” made of problems and solutions.
For what concerns right, I focus on what I call “eleogenetic” practices. “Eleos” is a Greek word that means “mercy”. “Mercy” is often mistaken for a sickly-sweetish attitude of turning a blind eye. I claim instead that mercy is a way to know reality with more precision and beauty, since reality is first of all a reality of persons, with their expressions, activities, encounters and contacts. Eleogenetic practices allow us to develop this kind of knowledge of oneself, of others, and ultimately of the world.

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Epiphanies of right, Epiphanies of evil –eleogenetic practices as an alternative to a “problem-based” reality

  1. 1. Massimo Schinco (Italy) psychotherapist supervisor teacher Epiphanies of right Epiphanies of evil eleogenetic practices as an alternative to a “problem-based” reality
  2. 2. Massimo Schinco (Italy) psychotherapist supervisor teacher introducing myself I’m a psychologist and a psychotherapist, working with individuals and families I’m also a supervisor in social services for children I teach Psychology at the Conservatory of Music, Cuneo and lead learning groups at the University of Pavia I’ve been Co – director of the School of Systemic Psychotherapy and Clinical Center at the Milan Center of Family Therapy I’m a member of the Board of Directors of the International Association for the Study of Dreams as an amateur musician and I play violin in the Orchestra Sinfonica Amatoriale Italiana. I’m a Member of the Board of Directors of the Orchestra as an author, I focus on creative change
  3. 3. Massimo Schinco (Italy) psychotherapist supervisor teacher read and let it resonate within
  4. 4. Massimo Schinco (Italy) psychotherapist supervisor teacher it happened here in Krakow just the read makes one feel bad it is an example of what I call an epiphany of evil
  5. 5. Massimo Schinco (Italy) psychotherapist supervisor teacher now read listen and let it resonate within
  6. 6. Massimo Schinco (Italy) psychotherapist supervisor teacher https://www.youtube.com/w atch?v=2UOZ2BFVuY0&featur e=youtu.be click on the link below
  7. 7. Massimo Schinco (Italy) psychotherapist supervisor teacher it happens here presently … this is an epiphany of right
  8. 8. Massimo Schinco (Italy) psychotherapist supervisor teacher the word “epiphany” comes from the ancient greek and means “sudden manifestation”
  9. 9. Massimo Schinco (Italy) psychotherapist supervisor teacher in terms of System Theory it could be compared to an “emergence” but I prefer the word “epiphany” since it is more “human” from an aestethical, ethical and trascendent point of view, and finally evokes a sense of awe
  10. 10. Massimo Schinco (Italy) psychotherapist supervisor teacher in the course of history and also of everyday life, epiphanies of evil and epiphanies of right occur and recur, at times in alternation and at times simultaneously
  11. 11. Massimo Schinco (Italy) psychotherapist supervisor teacher both for what concerns evil and right, epiphanies are discontinuous changes that perturb our identity but they come out of long-term processes
  12. 12. Massimo Schinco (Italy) psychotherapist supervisor teacher for what concerns evil, I focus on some characteristics and on the long-term deadly effects of what I will define as a “problem- based” state of mind
  13. 13. Massimo Schinco (Italy) psychotherapist supervisor teacher molding our worldview in terms of problems and solutions is vital and appropriate in limited and practical domains
  14. 14. Massimo Schinco (Italy) psychotherapist supervisor teacher the case is different if we adopt this attitude as a general state of mind shaping our whole presence in the world
  15. 15. Massimo Schinco (Italy) psychotherapist supervisor teacher in the name of a pretended “objectivity”, it requires the denial and the repression of emotions and feelings related to empathy and connectedness
  16. 16. Massimo Schinco (Italy) psychotherapist supervisor teacher distorting or deprived of basic aspects of emotional life, this worldview blurs and ultimately denies the reality of persons, putting in foreground a pretended “reality” made of “objective” problems and solutions
  17. 17. Massimo Schinco (Italy) psychotherapist supervisor teacher the daily implementation of a worldview like this creates mental habits and contributes to generate social values and educational practices
  18. 18. Massimo Schinco (Italy) psychotherapist supervisor teacher prevail! be a man! (especially if you are a woman) be strong! stop crying! control your feelings!
  19. 19. Massimo Schinco (Italy) psychotherapist supervisor teacher day by day, to different extents, what is actually inhuman appears to be more and more normal
  20. 20. Massimo Schinco (Italy) psychotherapist supervisor teacher an inappropriate «objectivation» of human, relational, organizational and political issues necessarily creates fragmentation, juxtapositions and negative social prejudices
  21. 21. Massimo Schinco (Italy) psychotherapist supervisor teacher dominance becomes a top value and technicality is used as a tool for dominance all the emotional aspects of life that were repressed and distorted erupt in a projected and objectivated way,in the form of enemies to destroy
  22. 22. Massimo Schinco (Italy) psychotherapist supervisor teacher in specified circumstances this paves the way to the sudden emergence, or epiphany, of evil
  23. 23. Massimo Schinco (Italy) psychotherapist supervisor teacher
  24. 24. Massimo Schinco (Italy) psychotherapist supervisor teacher
  25. 25. Massimo Schinco (Italy) psychotherapist supervisor teacher photo: www.independent.co.uk
  26. 26. Massimo Schinco (Italy) psychotherapist supervisor teacher what about the reverse? which kind of long-term processes may give rise to epiphanies of right?
  27. 27. Massimo Schinco (Italy) psychotherapist supervisor teacher an epiphany of right too features itself as a discontinuous phenomenon out of long-term processes and as capable to perturb one’s identity
  28. 28. Massimo Schinco (Italy) psychotherapist supervisor teacher the generative process I will focus on is what I call “eleogenetic practices”. “Eleos” is a Greek word that means “mercy” “Eleogenetics” is about the development of mercy and what comes out of mercy
  29. 29. Massimo Schinco (Italy) psychotherapist supervisor teacher “mercy” is often mistaken for a sickly-sweetish attitude of turning a blind eye I claim instead that a merciful attitude allows to know reality with more precision and beauty
  30. 30. Massimo Schinco (Italy) psychotherapist supervisor teacher it implies that we consider reality as made of persons, with their own unique expressions, activities, encounters, contacts and in their actual conditions of life, which comprehend also
  31. 31. Massimo Schinco (Italy) psychotherapist supervisor teacher weakness, helplessness, mutual dependence, irrationality, grief, anger, wickedness, tenderness, empathy as well as the awareness of being ultimately free within
  32. 32. Massimo Schinco (Italy) psychotherapist supervisor teacher an eleogenetic–oriented approach to reality takes in the utmost consideration a sincere connection with emotions and feelings, both positive and negative, providing them with meaning and possible directions for action and problem-solving
  33. 33. Massimo Schinco (Italy) psychotherapist supervisor teacher the more one’s connection with emotions and feelings is sincere the more one’s mind is clear the more one’s mind is clear the best one can make ethical choices taking a real responsibilty for these choices
  34. 34. Massimo Schinco (Italy) psychotherapist supervisor teacher so it should be evident that eleogenetic practices do not deny or fudge justice they aim to a justice of a higher order
  35. 35. Massimo Schinco (Italy) psychotherapist supervisor teacher an eleogenetic field is liable to be thought of as an attractor on the one hand, it behaves as an antagonist of the demanding tolls paid to the excess of entropy women and men generate out of their injustice, greediness, inner emptiness
  36. 36. Massimo Schinco (Italy) psychotherapist supervisor teacher on the other hand, as an attractor, an eleogenetic field is future-oriented and triggers epiphanies of Righteousness, Beauty and Truth in original and unpredictable forms
  37. 37. Massimo Schinco (Italy) psychotherapist supervisor teacher this also derives from its continuous interaction with the past and with entropic processes, that far from being denied, become like old bricks used to realize totally new buildings
  38. 38. Massimo Schinco (Italy) psychotherapist supervisor teacher an example making music as an eleogenetic practice
  39. 39. Massimo Schinco (Italy) psychotherapist supervisor teacher http://youtu.be/FP18_jyjHXQ click on the link below
  40. 40. Massimo Schinco (Italy) psychotherapist supervisor teacher making real music where rigour and compassionate acceptance of oneself and of others are both necessary can be a good metaphor of what eleogenetic practices are in order to share a real life
  41. 41. Massimo Schinco (Italy) psychotherapist supervisor teacher if you are interested in Eleogenetics check my website www.massimoschinco.it Thank You!

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