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Building on Bion: Branches: Contemporary Developments and by Malcolm Pines

By Malcolm Pines

The iconic effect of Bion's paintings - the numerous wealthy functions of his rules to team remedy, team dynamics and organizational dynamics right now and searching to the longer term - is the vital subject of this ebook. Chapters by way of unusual foreign individuals from the fields of psychoanalysis, crew research, administration consultancy and social technology conceal paintings with huge teams, Bion and the Tavistock meetings, and his rules approximately considering and studying, goals and mentality. They essentially display Bion's originality and fervour as he sought the designated essence of psychoanalytic studying and the way one of these pursuit and such studying will be shared and complicated. This publication, besides its significant other quantity development on Bion: Roots (ISBN 1-84310-710-4), won't basically deepen knowing of Bion's contributions to concept and perform, yet can be precious to people who paintings with teams, in either healing and administration contexts. either volumes also are on hand as a collection, ISBN 1-84310-731-7).

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The group’s interaction with Nancy, the lone black person in the group, brought this theme into clearer focus by adding a human dimension. It was an interesting phenomenon (or epiphenomenon) that Nancy (a black woman) and Jacob (a Jewish man), a seemingly odd couple, maintained a close and personal outside relationship that predated the median experience – which they brought into the group without hesitation or shame. The group seemed matter-of-factly to accept their obvious care and affection for one another without question.

31) In reality, Michael’s anger was not primarily at Simon. It was at the group as a whole for not challenging their formal leader to give more and for rejecting what he did attempt to provide (counterdependence). The group’s consensual norm fostered lowered expectations and ignored the convener’s potentially useful comments, as they were offered early in the median experience. Members began to lose patience with Simon’s intellectualisms and with his spirited forays into the past or future – to the virtual neglect of the present.

His studies shed BION’S LEGACY TO MEDIAN AND LARGE GROUPS 31 light on what it means to be a group, that is, how an unrelated assortment of people come together through conscious collaboration or unconscious collusion. A full cultural understanding of any ‘group event’ – it might be added – cannot be arrived at without comparing and contrasting what various participants to the process notice, feel, think and do about it. In the aftermath of Bion’s experiences in groups, the A. K. Rice Institute (AKRI), based in the US, has sought to establish a more collaborative (Gustafson and Cooper 1985) and less heroic (Noumair 1999) institutional culture, with members invited to share in the process of learning from experience (as Bion’s 1962, book suggests).

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