INFLUENCE OF HUMBERTO MATURANA’S EPISTEMOLOGY ON BRIEF PSYCHOTHERAPY AND MENTAL HEALTH
Ricardo de la Cruz Gil, Stefano Bartoli
The contributions of the famous biologist Humberto Maturana to different disciplines, from philosophy, linguistics, cognitive sciences, sociology, psychology, among others, have allowed the development of science in general. Mental health and psychotherapy have not been immune to this influence. This article seeks to analyze Humberto Maturana’s epistemology referring to objectivity in parentheses, autopoiesis, cognition and cognitive biology in the development of psychotherapy and mental health. A qualitative theoretical analysis is carried out. Humberto Maturana’s epistemology has been found to have influenced mental health and psychotherapy. The ontology of the observer, objectivity in parentheses and cognitive biology leave their mark on a new form of therapeutic relationship and conceptualization of the symptom. It is finally concluded that Humberto Maturana’s epistemology has had a notable influence on the development of a new conceptualization of the therapeutic relationship, mental health and psychotherapy.
Keywords: Humberto Maturana; epistemology; cognitive biology; psychotherapy; mental health, autopoiesis.