New PDF release: Bion’s Legacy to Groups

By Parthenope Bion Talamo

ISBN-10: 1855751887

ISBN-13: 9781855751880

Bion's learn of teams and workforce tactics has an identical caliber as Freud's discovery of transference or Klein's paintings in baby research. the way in which he observed the emotional lifetime of the person within the crew, significantly his personal, unfolded new territory for exploration, a going "beyond the confines", and this assortment seeks to list a debt to that new exploration.

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GROUP RELATIONS AND LEARNING 35 These factors continued to emerge as major orientations, defining differences among subsequent conference staffs despite personnel changes amounting to 40-70%; consequently, they merit further consideration as the building blocks of any theory of consultancy and leadership. Although additional clusters of opinion were found, these four basic orientations continued to define differences among us. We also found that the dominant orientation, that of the "group interpretive analyst", was represented by the conference directors, consultants with more training and experience, and those who took up leadership roles in subsequent conferencestaffs.

Bion's profound conjecture here, that in some way the mind is structured like a primitive society, remains a continuing thread running through all of his subsequent work. What is at stake is the survival of the mind and of society, as becomes clear when Bion examines the relationship between the "basic group" and learning and development. Hatred of a process of development is a characteristic of the basic group. Time, complexity, recalcitrance of the object to desire-all of these qualities of the world are hated in equal measure.

Deprived of this, the system of cultural control would be instantly fragde, since the limits of possible action against it would disappear. [Anderson, 1976, p. 431 24 BION'S LEGACY TO GROUPS Conclusion We noted earlier how Klein's original account of the vagaries of the death drive described a movement from a state of internal terror to the projection of this state onto the external world, so that "I fear" becomes replaced by "I am frightened of" and "I hate". There now exist a number of psychoanalytically inspired accounts of racism and ethnic hatred that seek to link social forms of exclusion with such psychological processes of projective identification (Rustin, 1991; Young, 1994).

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