By Parthenope Bion Talamo

Bion's examine of teams and workforce tactics has a similar caliber as Freud's discovery of transference or Klein's paintings in baby research. the best way he observed the emotional lifetime of the person within the crew, significantly his personal, unfolded new territory for exploration, a going "beyond the confines", and this assortment seeks to checklist a debt to that new exploration.

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But there was a more crucial sense in which such comments were misleading, for "the objectives" appeared to have little meaning-they constituted facts to which staff could refer but not THE INTERNAL ESTABLISHMENT 17 ideas that could be grasped and given meaning. So I got off to a bad start, with the feeling that my initial impression was mistaken. A collective attitude prevailed that my obsession with purpose was a peculiar but harmless misconception for which I could be forgiven. I then proceeded to ask participants to picture the team by drawing it.

Conflicts very sharply with the idea of a group met together to do a creative job, especially with the idea of a group met together to deal with the psychological difficulties of its members" (p. 64). ) Groups can be observed to be engaged in two kinds of mental activity simultaneously: the work group (W)and the basicassumption group (ba). Following Freud's basic insight conceming primary and secondary process, Bion did not believe that the emotional, non-rational state (ba) was random or unlawful.

It follows that the area of the life of the group that can be thought about and is therefore open to reflexive monitoring exists in the shadow of the lie. Every group has its own story. To say that such stories have an illusory quality is, following Winnicott, to draw due attention to the creative quality of all social life. Groups occupy that potential space where nothing is simply "real" nor simply "hallucinated". But this creative moment is very difficult to sustain. In Bion's terms, as soon as a new idea for containing experience is developed, it tends to harden and atrophy, and the imaginative fiction becomes a consolatory myth.

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