In 1932 a rather poignant exchange of correspondence took place between Albert Einstein and Sigmund Freud. This was never intended as private correspondence, but was published in a very limited edition a year later, after Hitler’s rise to power. Even if this had been a mere private exchange, both Freud and Einstein were so famous […]
Now that I’ve actually been to a group relations conference – I survived the spiral! – I’m taking a second look at my initial group relations impressions to see how my perceptions have changed. One thing I didn’t get after the Psychoanalytic Understanding of Organizations course was how exhausting a group relations conference can be. […]
This is the third in a five-ish part series on the background and basics of group relations. Read parts one and two here. For whatever reason, some psychoanalytic concepts have thoroughly entered the mainstream. They may not be present in the popular consciousness as fully realized ideas but as bits of pop psychological parlance – […]
This is the first in a 5-ish part series about the experience of group relations. Although the tagline of this blog is “The young person’s guide to group relations”, you may have noticed that I haven’t written all that much on the supposed topic. This is because up until very recently I didn’t really have […]
Every year in late December a little flurry of blog posts and articles come out on the general theme of “New Year’s Resolutions: Don’t Bother”. Some take a scientific tack, outlining the psychological and neuroscientific research as to why around 88% of resolutions fail, like this post. Others take a more life-coaching approach, giving tips […]
I have a more serious post on the way, but it won’t be done for another few days and I want to put something up this week. So here is some random stuff that’s going on. – I made a poster! I happen to think very highly of my posters. Every indie musician needs to […]
Larry Hirschhorn has an interesting post up right now called “The Folk Psychology of Money”. He posits that people project their anxieties about themselves and the future, as a coping strategy in face of the fact that so much of what determines the course of our lives is arbitrary and beyond our control, onto money.
At the extreme, some people develop a theory of money in which “hidden forces,” who create credit out of nothing, use this power to enslave us, in other words to eliminate contingency and the capacity for creative work. This fantasy paradoxically provides relief because it suggests that someone, some shadowy network, is actually in control. All is not chaos, and if we are smart enough, we can control the controllers. A larger number of people, less likely to be drawn to conspiratorial thinking, persists in thinking of money as a physical object that operates mechanically, as a way of avoiding the uncomfortable idea that the course of our lives, like our birth, is entirely contingent and unpredictable.