Hello! Having wrapped up the Basics of Group Relations series, I’m getting ready to go away to my very first real group relations conference and finishing up some other projects for work, so instead of a heavy blog post this week here are a bunch of interesting links that have been clogging up my bookmarks folder for a while.
“Psychoanalysis, Science, and the Real” – Miquel Bassols I Puig’s excellent attempt to tease out the nuances of the intersection of these three concepts.
“From Buddha to Bion: Mindfullness, Psychoanalysis, and Organizational Life” – a talk by Tim Dartington of the Tavistock Institute. This is a live recording of a lecture, so the audio quality isn’t the best, but very interesting nonetheless.
“Strange Psychoanalysis” – Back in the 1950s E.C. Comics (who also made “Tales from the Crypt”) published a series of comics about psychoanalysis, literally stories of people solving their psychological problems through therapy. Framing therapy as a story like any other – a story with context, conflict, and climax – is kind of a brilliant idea, though the summary suggests these may not have been the most scintillating reading:
Issue #2: Ellen Lyman was an anxious young woman who had a recurring dream of a empty garden. The psychiatrist explained that the dream meant that she was jealous of her older sister and wished her harm. In this issue, Ellen comes to the office complaining that her life is hopeless. She knocked over the water cooler at work and her boss yelled at her. This reminded her of her father. Digging deeper, the psychiatrist discovers that her father often yelled at Ellen, and her mother routinely ignored her in favor of her older sister. During childhood, Ellen had a couple of accidents that landed her in the hospital. Much like Freddy’s psychosomatic asthma, the doctor informs Ellen that she caused these accidents herself trying to gain the attention of her parents. Furthermore, her other symptoms are due to the fact that she feels guilty because she blames herself for the fact that her parents always fought. The psychiatrist informs her that this is all nonsense, her parents simply did not love each other and it was never her fault. “Oh doctor!” says Ellen. “I feel as if a great weight has suddenly been lifted from my shoulders!”
On a very different note, Katie Johnston’s “The Messy Link Between Slavery and Modern Management” is an unsettling look at the origin of many modern management practices.
What interesting things have you been reading lately?