From the Foundation, we consider essential the complex view at a phenomenon that tends to be approached from a secondary intervention, when the consequences of emotional violence become visible, symptomatic, if not irreparable. That is why early detection, in all its complexity, requires a frame of reference that delves into the genesis of emotional abuse, not only explanatory. The research is for the Foundation, the necessary contribution to the clarification of the forms of interpersonal relationships, marked by relational contexts, increasingly determined by the socio-political meta-context and its economic drifts. Cumulative inequality gaps with normalizing tendencies of power relations; reification of the individual between virtual and face-to-face realities, emotional disaffection within family systems, limiting the organization and construction of attachment ties, etc. The speed with which reality seems to change, cannot be the justification for communication becoming a perverse form of social control and underground violence, that leads vulnerability to the extreme of weakness and, therefore, disroot, abandonment to the individual suffering.
Since the foundation, we consider emotional abuse a complex entity associated with interpersonal relationships in relationship contexts. For this reason, our perspective of work and analysis is established from the ecosystem-relational model. The methodological bases have their support in the General Theory of Systems, The Theory of Human Communication and Cybernetics.
Methodologically, it is essential to consider the research hypotheses by analyzing behaviors “as bits of communication that only gain meaning in the context in which they occur” (Bateson et al, 1956, Bateson, 1971). And in this sense, we must put the focus of research on relationship systems such as family and school, always in a meta-context that favors or limits evolutionary changes in relation to problem behavior.
Lines of work
The purposeful lines of research with which we start our activity are linked to:
1. Family system. Typologies, intrafamily communication, attachment and individuation. Domestic violence.
2. School system. Expression of emotional violence in the school context. Intersection spaces between the school and family systems.
3. Adolescence, emotional expression, attachment and socialization referents. The new reality and the search for identity.
4. Media, global information, social networks and emotional abuse.
It is essential to address the complexity of human relationships in different contexts. Therefore, our research should be aimed at identifying relationship contexts in which behaviors are modulated as forms of communication that can ultimately express emotional abuse. In this sense, the different lines of work should be aimed at designing forms of intervention that are adapted to the different contexts, in order to identify the care, educational, coercive, therapeutic or supervisory context that allow the coherence of the interventions depending on these contexts.