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Counseling Psychology and Psychotherapy

Publisher: Moscow State University of Psychology and Education

ISSN (printed version): 2075-3470

ISSN (online): 2311-9446

DOI: https://doi.org/10.17759/cpp

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Clinical and Psychological Characteristics and Existential Essence of the “Florence Syndrome” 96

Ermolaeva M.V.
Doctor of Psychology, Professor, Chair of Educational Psychology, Faculty of Psychology of Education, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Moscow, Russia
ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1645-5136
e-mail: mar-erm@mail.ru

Lubovsky D.V.
PhD in Psychology, Professor at the Chair of Educational Psychology, Department of Educational Psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Moscow, Russia
ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7392-4667
e-mail: lubovsky@yandex.ru

Abstract
We consider a wide range of emotional disorders that occur as a result of meeting with works of art in places of significant cultural value, denominated as Florence syndrome. The analysis of the syndrome is conducted in two directions stemming from the psychotherapeutic approach developed by F.E. Vasiluk: the analysis of events’ sense (clinical and psychological nature of the syndrome), and the analysis of the existential content of experiences as a process of giving meaning to events. We analyze the descriptions of the Florence syndrome in the works of G. Magherini. Different versions of the syndrome are interpreted from the point of view of M. Klein’s theory of object relations. It is shown that the existential essence of this syndrome consists in the difficulty of accepting the social situation of adult development and challenges of uncertainty and complexity. We suggest that the existential nature of this syndrome is associated with the expectation of meeting with the beautiful, with an aesthetic situation that will change the person’s life for the better without an effort of will, without difficult preliminary work on learning the language of art and without further understanding of the aesthetic experience received. In conclusion, we analyze the most important theme of A. Tarkovsky’s film “Solaris”, that is, returning to childhood, to the origins, to the foundations of being, to a spiritual rebirth.

Keywords: Florence syndrome, clinical and psychological nature, existential essence, counseling work

Column: Psychology of Experiencing: In the Memory of Fyodor E. Vasilyuk

DOI: https://doi.org/10.17759/cpp.2020280303

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