What Happens in Groups: Psychoanalysis, the Individual and the Community by R. D. Hinshelwood

What Happens in Groups: Psychoanalysis, the Individual and the Community by R. D. Hinshelwood lands on the |> SALE <| shelves in my shop.

Free Association Books, 1987, Paperback.

First in this, paperback, edition.

From the cover: People are often utterly taken aback by the odd and alarming things that happen in groups, all sorts of groups study groups, offices, clubs, political organizations, teams.

This is a book about the ways in which individuals collectively and individually seek to protect themselves from the worst aspects of group life. They develop, mostly unwittingly, specific group cultures, effects and problems. The numerous illustrations are taken from the wealth of small groups, large groups and multi-group systems that appear in a therapeutic community. The book is designed to be accessible to anyone working within groups, committees or institutions.

The author draws on the writings of other observers of group dynamics, in particular Bion, Jaques and Menzies Lyth. His unique contribution is to apply the insights of Kleinian psychoanalysis to the meetings of the groups. He develops a way of categorizing group cultures rigid, fragile and flexible, which is intended to point to a basis for the development of a method of intervention into group and institutional life. Aside from the authors clarity and clinical acumen, he has written a truly useful book.

Good. Leans slightly. Pages lightly age-tanned.

278 pages. Index. Bibliography. 8¾” x 5¾”.

Of course, if you don’t like this one there are plenty more available here!

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