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

By Malcolm Pines

The long-lasting impact of Bion's paintings - the various wealthy purposes of his rules to workforce treatment, staff dynamics and organizational dynamics today and searching to the longer term - is the relevant topic of this publication. Chapters through unique overseas participants from the fields of psychoanalysis, workforce research, administration consultancy and social technology hide paintings with huge teams, Bion and the Tavistock meetings, and his rules approximately pondering and studying, goals and mentality. They basically exhibit Bion's originality and keenness as he sought the certain essence of psychoanalytic studying and the way the sort of pursuit and such studying might be shared and complex. This e-book, besides its significant other quantity construction on Bion: Roots (ISBN 1-84310-710-4), won't simply deepen figuring out of Bion's contributions to idea and perform, yet can also be priceless to those that paintings with teams, in either healing and administration contexts. either volumes also are on hand as a suite, ISBN 1-84310-731-7).

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40 BUILDING ON BION: BRANCHES (b) If the formal leader does not assume his or her proper authority, and the group does not deal with the role vacuum (including their feelings toward the convener for not sufficiently taking up a consultative role), then the members will struggle unnecessarily to find the center of their experience and vie for leadership in a competitive rather than a cooperative manner. (c) Under these conditions, the group will not develop maximally, utilize its participants’ resources, come to contextual understandings, or otherwise approach its organizational potential.

Every now and again Simon would be resurrected to give parables (about his experiences) or prophesy about where the group was supposed to be going. This was an awkward process that often felt artificial, based perhaps on a compulsively driven need of the members for direction (Ba dependence). While the mission seemed messianic, some members demonstrated a lack of faith. An experienced group member (Michael), as non-believer, angrily reported feeling alienated and alone (Ba flight). He criticized the membership for its naive acceptance and outright encouragement of Simon’s abdication of the leadership function (Ba fight).

Jacob admitted (after returning for the afternoon session), that he did this to punish the group for his being censured. When he was absent, Dorothy continued the scapegoating process by ‘acting in’ her own (and the membership’s) sadistic tendencies, blaming Jacob (in his absence) exclusively for the group’s difficulties and attributing malevolent intentions to him without recognizing these traits in herself. The interaction between Jacob and Philip, and Jacob’s subsequent withdrawal, was clearly a manifestation of the group’s fight–flight culture (Bion 1961).

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