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IIBA Presents - Masochistic Character: Struggling to become oneself

  • 22 Nov 2022
  • Online

Short summary

With the neurological and muscular system maturation which allows controlling movements, exploring spaces, taking, and holding things in hands, controlling sphincters and all sort of actions “out of the mom’s lap” comes the need for self-determination and independence. It is the process of becoming a subject, separated from the object. This is a delicate moment also for the mother and the way she responds to baby’s sense of independence is going to be part of the way of being, and so the way of suffering, this new person is becoming.   

Learning objectives

1. Identify the family dynamics.

2. Describe tension patterns and understand their relationship to the psychic organization.

3. Understand the idea of way of being and way of suffering as a key to deal with the transference and countertransference issues in working with masochist patterns.

4. Improve the understanding and the compassion as a therapist by understanding somatically the muscular and breathing patterns - experience how to move and express themselves inside those patterns.

Presented by Diana Guest

Presenters bio


Diana Guest, MFT, CBT, is a member of the IIBA faculty and is coordinating trainer for SCIBA, the New Zealand society and the first two training groups in China. She is currently on the BoT and was the president of the IIBA from 2017-2020. She leads workshops and teaches in Latin America, the USA, New Zealand and China. She has written several books and articles with her co-author Jan Parker. They recently published Becoming Grounded: a detailed guide for bioenergetic therapists which has also been translated into Italian. They also wrote A Guide to Becoming Grounded: for somatic therapist and individuals. All are available at

Webinar details


Date: November 22, 2022

Time: 09:00 am - 11:00 am (PDT)

Location: Webinar

Cost: Free! 

CEU information: Not available


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Houston, TX 77055


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