Hatred Of The Group

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Title: Hatred Of The Group
Year: 2005
Authors: Dr Jinette de Gooijer

I explore Bion’s concept of ‘emotional links’ and the function of basic assumption mentality for group functioning. Drawing on case material from an organisational consultancy, in which a group of university library managers are observed to be locked in a relationship of ‘H-ate’, I suggest that ‘emotional links’ underpin group mentality and merit further consideration in studying group behaviour. I further suggest that without a functioning basic assumption mentality, the group has no capacity to transform its emotional experience and resorts to primitive modes of emotional connectedness.

Keywords: Group mentality, Emotional links, Emotional connectedness
Language: English

Date: 11/15/2005
Location: London
Name of Event/Conference: OPUS Annual Conference
Sponsoring Organization: OPUS

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