COLLECTIVE GUILT AS A FORCE FOR CHANGE

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Title: COLLECTIVE GUILT AS A FORCE FOR CHANGE
Year: 2007
Authors: Fraher, A.
Abstract:

Systems psychodynamics scholars and practitioners believe that when people assemble for a task, there are actually two forms of mental activity occurring simultaneously: The task-oriented work group and the anxiety-fueled basic assumption group. Much has been written about the dynamics of basic assumption groups yet relatively little research has examined the work group or the space between configurations, what Winnicott might have called the ‘potential space’ of one identifiable group position and another. The following essay addresses this gap, first outlining Tavistock-inspired theories of group behavior and then hypothesizing that an instinctive, developmental push—an unconscious sense of guilt—may be one force that propels some basic assumption groups’ swing back to work mode. Areas warranting further research will also be identified.

Keywords: Collective Guilt, Groups, Systems Psychodynamics, Wilfred Bion, Basic Assumptions
Language: English


Date: 6/29/2007
Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Name of Event/Conference: 24th Annual Meeting of the International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations
Sponsoring Organization: ISPSO

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Elizabeth Novogratz

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