A Reflection on the Subjective Transgender Experience in Healthcare Context: Emotion and Identity as Figures of Life Course


  • Emanuele Maria Merlo University of Messina, COSPECS Department
  • Fabio Frisone Department of Cognitive Sciences, Psychology, Educational and Cultural Studies (COSPECS), University of Messina, Italy
  • Salvatore Settineri Department of Biomedical and Dental sciences and Morphofunctional Imaging, University of Messina, Italy




Transgender, Gender Dysphoria, Emotion, Identity, LGBT, Life Course


Our experience with transsexual individuals in healthcare is based on a psychological path, where the needs expressed by subjects are considered in the perspective of the life-course. Comprehension and attention on psychological figures are considered as the expression of identity, desires and life projects. The current evolutions of the phenomenon open doors to the possibility to reduce the distance between sexual and gender identity, also considering the social role and all the interactions that Gender Dysphoric people have in their social interactions. This work has considered important guidelines suggested by APA, to share our experience on the themes of identity, affectivity and psychological phenomena involved in the clinical relationship. This occasion provided by puntOorg International Journal (PIJ), allows us to share our perspective, which can be considered as the intention to compare methods and practices.


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How to Cite

Merlo, E. M., Frisone, F., & Settineri, S. (2019). A Reflection on the Subjective Transgender Experience in Healthcare Context: Emotion and Identity as Figures of Life Course. PuntOorg International Journal, 4(1), 11–20. https://doi.org/10.19245/25.05.pij.4.1.3