Biography of Mauro Alfonso

Mauro Alfonso was born in Savona in 1943, where he attended the Liceo Classico (Secondary school specialising in classical studies). He then enrolled in the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Genoa, where he graduated in "Theoretical philosophy" in 1969. His graduation thesis "Friedrich Nietzsche nell’interpretazione di Karl Löwith" (Friedrich Nietzsche and the interpretation of Karl Löwith), was written in Bonn during an annual scholarship programme at Friedrich Wilhelm University.

In 1967, he started a personal micropsychoanalysis with Nicola Peluffo. On his return from Germany in 1969, he moved to Turin where he devoted himself to teaching, while simultaneously attending a Specialisation School in Educational Psychology.

Shortly afterwards, Nicola Peluffo also arrived in Turin, where he had obtained his teaching qualification in Social Psychology at the University’s Department of Educational Sciences.

Not only did this second meeting offer an opportunity to resume and complete the personal micropsychoanalysis, but also to develop a collaborative educational seminar and research programme at this same faculty under the guidance of Nicola Peluffo himself. This eight-year collaboration resulted, on a publicistic level, in a number of articles published in "Esperienze", the journal of the Department’s Institute of Social Psychology and in an opportunity to become part of the then developing National Order of Psychologists.

During those years, he married Maria Morici. While writing "Psicoanalisi e Oltre" (Psychoanalysis and beyond), his daughter Beatrice, who became an expert in Oriental languages and cultures (Chinese and Indian), provided him with invaluable assistance in the direct consultation of several philosophical texts in the above languages.

On completion of the personal micropsychoanalysis, still with Nicola Peluffo, he began to hold didactic activities partly in Turin and partly in Couvet, Switzerland, at the home of "le Docteur" Silvio Fanti. Fanti, in collaboration with Pierre Codoni, his first pupil and collaborator, developed the method and theory of micropsychoanalysis itself. The result of this period was the publication of "Freud e la madre" (Freud and his mother) in 1982, which provided him with the satisfaction of receiving a personal letter from Anna Freud. A series of articles were simultaneously published in the "Bollettino dell'Istituto Italiano di Micropsicoanalisi" (Bulletin of the Italian Institute of Micropsychoanalysis).

His professional career, begun during the mid-seventies, continued until 1987 when it was interrupted for a number of reasons, some of which are mentioned in the Introduction to his latest work "Psicoanalisi e oltre"(Psychoanalysis and beyond), published in 2011.

The years following this period - a sort of fifteen-year sabbatical - provided the opportunity for greater "freedom" in psychoanalytic and micropsychoanalytic reflection, mainly through a deepening knowledge of both Eastern philosophies and new theoretical and scientific developments proposed by the so-called Systems Thinking.

The years from 2004 to 2008 saw a revival in personal and didactic analysis. This work was carried out in Lugano, Switzerland with Pierre Codoni a micropsychoanalyst, and the his first pupil and collaborator of the late Silvio Fanti. In 2004, thanks also to the inspiration and suggestions by Pierre Codoni, he also began working on his latest book, "Psicoanalisi e Oltre" (Psychoanalysis and beyond).