"Saying woman and meaning mother"

On Wednesday 18th October 2017 from 6.30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the School of Institute of Constructivist Psychology, via Martiri della Libertà 13 – Padova, Italy Constructivist Talks 2016: the ICP's Students talk about...

Valentina Debbia and Olga Rosa Nardelli will lead the free talk:

"Saying woman and meaning mother". To what extent does the construct of motherhood influence the construct of woman?

“Women are meant to be mothers”, this is the social assumption shared by most cultures. But this same statement does not tell us anything about the pathways that bring women to motherhood, nor about the relationships that they create with their children. As a consequence a woman’s body consideration is based on her ability or inability to conceive because to give birth is considered the core element of her existence. But what is motherhood? What does a society ask for to mothers? Why is that so important that a woman becomes mother or that she desires to become mother?
In the light of these questions we will explore together the two constructs of “woman” and “mother” using the Personal  Constructs Psychology, and we will try to understand how they are entangled (or connected to each other). If we avoid perceiving a woman merely as a woman and we consider her as a person, then we can move away from a rigid and strict view that identifies with women the existence of a biological obligation. Only standing from this point of view we will eventually start to consider women as able to choose the option that best suits each of them.

The admission is free but reservation is required. Please, contact us at +39 049 8751669 or [email protected]


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