My Skinned-Ego, My Thinking-Ego.

The Group is a powerful entity. As a student of the group phenomena and counseling, I have been intrigued by it. One of the texts we read in my degree that deals with the group and the dynamic of the group was Didier Anzieu’s “The Dynamic of the small group”. I was surprised by his clarity and at the same time the cleaver notes he makes about it. Although his approach is psychoanalytical (and my degree is in the Humanistic branch) what I read really took my attention.

I started to read more about him and then, I found that one of his works was “The Skinned Ego” (Le Moi Peau in French). It is one of the most beautiful books I have read. His proposal, briefly speaking, is that the skin itself could represent a metaphor of the psychic configurations of the person. I will not get into the topic itself, but I hope soon something about it could be written

There is another book of his that came later on. The book is called “From the Skinned Ego to the Thinking Ego”. At the end of this last book there is a beautiful poem, thought or farewell as he himself entitled it.

It honestly made me cry by the deepness and sincerity of the thought that I perceived.. I share it because I consider it is beautiful, deep, strong, hopeful, and alive.

This is the farewell translated by myself from Spanish (although I have a minor in translation it has been centuries since I professionally translated something, hope it is good for the time) the original poem can be seen in the other post Mi Yo Piel. Mi Yo Pensante in this blog for those who read in Spanish. Hope you enjoy as much as I did, and still do, every time I read it. The lines in bold are those I feel the most. All comments are well accepted. Enjoy!


As a Farewell.

Didier Anzieu


The flaying without ascesis.

The truth without eloquence.

The comprehension, without the knowledge

The renunciation, without the resignation.

The love, without the painful conjunction of two masochists

The old wine, among other news.

The joy, in the greatest moments.

The humility of recognizing the misery blended with the remains of its greatness

The control of the thoughts rather than the others.

The spirit, with the flesh and the heart.

The grief, with the grace.

The intrepidity, without the intemperance

The madness, without its praise.

The clear and distinct idea, without separating it from the terror of confusing sensations where it embodies. *

*Translation by Marcia Hernandez-Arroyo.



Anzieu, D. (1995). El Pensar: del Yo-Piel al Yo-Pensante. Madrid: Biblioteca Nueva.


New Section: The Killer Quotes Posts!

From now on, I’ve decided I will publish (as frequent as possible) a section of Killer Quotes! (thanks R for the name!).

Mainly, I will post quotes of different literature that I am Currently reading in order to share some of what I consider was a killer quote! This can also motivate others to read the book, journal entry, etc. or to have an overview of them.
Any comment is well taken and hope to have some feedback. (I appreciate those friends that have posted comments also in my facebookand twitter account).

So be prepared, the Killer Quote Section is coming!

When something is good or wrong… Just dance!

It sounds like Lady Gaga’s song “Gonna be ok, just dance”. And sometimes so it is. For me dancing is a matter of flowing with your body in your space. Life is about flowing. I remember the movie “Memoirs of a Geisha” when Sayuri says to Nobu “What is sumo but a dance between giants? What is business but a dance between companies? I would like to know about every kind of dance.”
Life is movement. Which is one of the first sings to recognize something dead? That it does not move! Never stop, just move! Movement amplifies the possibilities, the spectrum of what we have seen or experimented so far. When something goes wrong, just move! When something is great, you move! Sometimes the current lifestyles we have in our societies tend to tell us not to move. I remember school when I was asked to be quiet, not to move. Today many educational institutions keep asking students to stay sat for 6, 7 or more hours. That is terrible! We need kids that move, that recognize themselves, that explore the movements their bodies are capable and that know and keep in contact with others by means not only of language, but of body-language. Sometimes playing soccer, running, moving, dancing, etc. provide kids of different ways to create contact with others. Even us as adults, we are able to explore other ways to communicate with others. Be a change in your space, you will see the difference.
I share one of my favorite pieces of contemporary dance “Petit Mort” by Jiri Kylian. Especially I simply adore the “Pas de deux”. Hope you enjoy as much as I do.

Mi Yo-Piel, Mi Yo-Pensante

Es casi imposible, entrar en el terreno de la psicología y no sentirse  en algún punto,  en una confusión y revaloración de uno mismo, de su ideología y de la manera en que concebimos y vivimos la vida misma.

Al principio me reconocía alguien que si bien trae consigo su propia historia, con heridas y glorias, no era mí vida más allá de la “normalidad”, una vida cualquiera. Lejos de ser cualquiera de aquellos casos estudiados en los textos que parecen sacados de novelas, de la ficción, del mito alrededor del personaje tan célebre como  Freud  o cualquier otro estudioso. Por azares del destino (aunque ciertamente no creo en la casualidad) en la clase de teoría de grupos comenzamos a leer a Didier Anzieu. Me pareció maravilloso. Al principio me acerqué a Anzieu por su libro “La dinámica de los grupos pequeños” dado  que mi posgrado se centra en el manejo del grupo y dicho texto forma parte de los libros a revisar. Me encantó la manera en que Anzieu aborda al grupo y lo describe.

Pero sobre todo esto, encontré un tema que me hizo particular interés: El Yo-Piel.  En su texto aborda las dimensiones de la piel desde un sentido orgánico con repercusiones psíquicas, y con funciones  y repercusiones en el sentido literal y metafórico,  más aún cuando llegamos al Yo-pensante.

No ahondaré en el tema del Yo-Piel y el Yo-Pensante dado que es un tema largo que amerita un post entero y más. Sin embargo, al leer el texto me encontré con muchas reflexiones. Al final, encontré este poema, pensamiento, reflexión; no sé bien que sea. Lo que sé es que me llevó y me levantó sentimientos tan intensos, solo lloré. Tocó fibras muy intensas de mi ser. Lo comparto con todo mi cariño.

Como despedida

El desollamiento, sin ascesis.

La verdad, sin elocuencia.

La comprensión, sin el saber.

La renuncia, sin la resignación.

El amor, sin la conjunción dolorosa de dos masoquistas.

El vino viejo, entre otras noticias.

La alegría, en los grandes momentos.

La humildad de reconocer su miseria mezclada con los vestigios de su grandeza.

El control de los pensamientos, no de los demás.

El espíritu, con la carne y el corazón.

La pesantez, con la gracia.

La intrepidez, sin la intemperancia.

La locura, sin su elogio.

La idea clara y distinta, sin separarla del terror de sensaciones

confusas de donde ella toma cuerpo.



Anzieu, D. (1995). El Pensar: del Yo-Piel al Yo-Pensante. Madrid: Biblioteca Nueva.


The Science of Learning: What lays between experience, Behaviorism and Constructivism for the educator?

The Journey Into Self

Humans have always gathered for explanations about everything that surround them. Natural phenomena like astrological events, natural disasters, and the human itself. However, how can we provide an objective explanation? Since the Greek, a distinction was made between doxa and episteme. The pre-Socratic believed that doxa was a particular opinion and subjective about a given topic. In contrast episteme was the universal knowledge, demonstrable, that has to be accepted as true (Bisquerra, 1998). From that concept we have the word epistemology, the study of nature and scope of knowledge itself. As a result, the scientific knowledge should be the result of the scientific method. Science is “an organized set of knowledge that has been acquired through the scientific method” (Bisquerra, 1998, p.2). The scientific method is then, a systematic process of which we obtain scientific knowledge, based on observation and experimentation.

Through experimentation, science identifies variables, correspondences, rules and…

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