"Silence is the real crime" - the voice of a therapist on some public issues
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praktyka prywatna; Fundacja Rozwoju Terapii Rodzin "Na Szlaku"
Submission date: 2018-12-08
Final revision date: 2019-02-06
Acceptance date: 2019-02-19
Publication date: 2019-05-29
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Jakub Bobrzyński   

praktyka prywatna, Kraków; Fundacja Rozwoju Terapii Rodzin "Na Szlaku"
Psychoter 2019;188(1):5-17
The author takes under consideration the current controversial issue of the Polish collective memory, from a personal perspective, taking into account various conflicting discourses of memory that shape collective aspects of our identities (according to the logic of the concept of multidirectional memory). Particularly, this reflection focuses on the memory of the Shoah of the Polish Jews and its elements that have become repressed from the Polish collective consciousness, absent in the direct transgenerational transmissions, and returning in the ˮmediated” public discourse, creating a sort of ˮprosthetic memory”, which may either be taken in uncritically or repeatedly denied and rejected. Inspiring sources for the paper were publications on the Polish debate on the topic of Polish involvement in the Shoah and collective memory, as well as the psychoanalytic reflection on the relationship between self and Other. The denial of the participation of Poles in the Shoah is understood particularly through the lens of sociological concepts, such as ˮexteriorization of the evil” and ˮinner orientalization”, as well as the psychoanalytical concept of ˮinternal racism”, an unconscious constellation of defense mechanisms, which constitutes the natural core of personality, shaping our distrust of the Other. The paper is an illustration essay, an expression of the author’s belief that psychotherapists should take up reflection, as well as discussion on difficult social phenomena in which they, as citizens, are also active participants.
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