By Robert M. Lipgar;
This stimulating number of papers explores the formative affects affecting Bion's emotional and highbrow improvement. The participants, coming from the fields of psychoanalysis, crew research, administration consultancy and social technology, revisit the origins of Bion's rules, environment them within the context of his international battle I stories, his touch with Trotter, and his later paintings with the Tavistock health facility and psychoanalysis. it is a selection of unique and insightful papers which, besides its significant other quantity development on Bion: Branches (ISBN 1-84310-711-2), won't purely deepen figuring out of Bion's contributions to thought and perform, yet can be priceless to those that 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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I dare say it will be possible to base belief in the complicity of the group on something more convincing than negative evidence, but for the time being I regard negative evidence as good enough. (ibid. 58) This was written not long after the defeat of Hitler and the Nazis. Finger-pointing, as well as on-going analysis of, and reflection on, the guilt of all the Germans and the guilt of many other sectors, governments, groups, and agencies had just gotten underway. Although throughout the course of the twentieth century, we have witnessed horrors which for many national, racial, and ethnic sub-groups can deservedly rival the catastrophes of World War II and the Holocaust for the Jews, no serious scholar of our times can confidently say that we have learned our lessons from the horrors throughout the globe, RE-DISCOVERING BION’S EXPERIENCES IN GROUPS 49 but especially in Europe in the twentieth century.
Rather their task is to ‘the study of the group’s life as it occurs in the here and now’ (cf. brochures from Tavistock/Leicester and AKRI conferences), a rather different focus. But in neither case is it possible to ignore the level of cooperation among its members on behalf of either task. When and how one chooses to intervene so that work proceeds are of course questions which we will explore here with Bion. In order to build soundly on Bion’s work, indeed, we need to understand more not only about group psychology, but also about how different group tasks (those that are stated, explicit and contracted, or those that are only apparent in practice) influence leadership roles and functions and vice versa.
48), his focus shifts and he sees a picture of ‘a group mobilized to express its hostility and contempt for neurotic patients’. He reflects on this mental activity as analogous to shifting focus as one does when looking through a microscope. ’ (ibid. 49) He sees these as ‘followers’ of two absent members who serve as ‘leaders’ of that part of the group that feels there are better ways of spending their time. It can be seen that what the individual says or does in a group illumines both his own personality and his view of the group; sometimes his contribution illumines one more than the other.