Vittorio Guidano

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Vittorio Filippo Guidano (4 August 1944, Rome, Italy – 31 August 1999, Buenos Aires, Argentina) was an Italian neuropsychiatrist, creator of the cognitive procedural systemic model[1] and contributor to constructivist post-rationalist cognitive therapy.[2] His cognitive post-rationalist model was influenced by attachment theory, evolutionary epistemology, complex systems theory, and the prevalence of abstract mental processes proposed by Friedrich Hayek.[3] Guidano conceived the personal system as a self-organized entity, in constant development.[3]

Among his published writings are the books Complexity of the Self (1987) and The Self in Progress (1991).[4] He was the first president of the Italian Society of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapy (SITCC) and he co-founded the Institute of Post-Rationalist Psychology and Psychotherapy (IPRA).[4][5] Guidano's work has been called "the most important influence" on Jeffrey Young's schema therapy.[6] He also influenced the elaboration of other constructivist psychotherapies such as coherence therapy.[7][8]

Selected publications[edit]


  1. ^ Fergus, Karen D.; Reid, David W. (January 2002). "Integrating constructivist and systemic metatheory in family therapy". Journal of Constructivist Psychology. 15 (1): 41–63. doi:10.1080/107205302753305719. S2CID 144697314.
  2. ^ Neimeyer, Robert A. (2009). Constructivist psychotherapy: distinctive features. The CBT distinctive features series. Hove, East Sussex; New York: Routledge. p. 79. ISBN 9780415442336. OCLC 237402656.
  3. ^ a b Balbi, Juan (2008). "Epistemological and theoretical foundations of constructivist cognitive therapies: post-rationalist developments" (PDF). Dialogues in Philosophy, Mental and Neuro Sciences. 1 (1): 15–27.
  4. ^ a b Nardi, Bernardo; Pannelli, Giorgio (2001). "A tribute to Vittorio F. Guidano (1944–1999)" (PDF). European Psychotherapy. 2 (1): 18–19.
  5. ^ Arciero, Giampiero; Henriques, Aníbal (May 7, 2012). "After constructivism: Giampiero Arciero interviewed by Aníbal Henriques". Archived from the original on 2013-05-03. Retrieved 2016-03-27.
  6. ^ Edwards, David; Arntz, Arnoud (2012). "Schema therapy in historical perspective" (PDF). In Vreeswijk, Michiel van; Broersen, Jenny; Nardort, Marjon (eds.). The Wiley-Blackwell handbook of schema therapy: theory, research, and practice. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons. pp. 3–26 [8]. doi:10.1002/9781119962830.ch1. ISBN 9780470975619. OCLC 754105045. However, the most important influence on Young was the work of the Italians Guidano and Liotti (1983), who integrated the developmental concepts of Jean Piaget (1896–1980) with Beck's cognitive therapy and Bowlby's attachment theory and spelled out the implications of this approach for working with patients with such problems as depression, eating disorders, and agoraphobia.
  7. ^ Ecker, Bruce; Hulley, Laurel (1996). Depth-oriented brief therapy: how to be brief when you were trained to be deep—and vice versa. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. p. 125. ISBN 0787901520. OCLC 32465258.
  8. ^ Ecker, Bruce; Ticic, Robin; Hulley, Laurel (2012). Unlocking the emotional brain: eliminating symptoms at their roots using memory reconsolidation. New York: Routledge. p. 55. ISBN 9780415897167. OCLC 772112300.