Collective guilt as a force for change

Fraher, A. L. (2007) Collective guilt as a force for change. Socioanalysis: Journal of Group Relations Australia, 9. pp. 1-18. ISSN 1442-4444 Available from:

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Systems psychodynamics scholars and practitioners believe that when people assemble for a task, two forms of mental activity occur simultaneously: The task-oriented work group and the anxiety-fueled basic assumption group. Much has been written about the dynamics of basic assumption groups yet relatively little research has examined the work group or the space between configurations, what Winnicott might have called the ‘potential space’ between one identifiable group position and another. The following paper addresses this gap by hypothesizing that under the right conditions an instinctive, developmental push—an unconscious sense of guilt—may propel some basic assumption groups’ swing back to work mode. Areas warranting further research will also be identified.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:psychoanalysis, guilt, group psychotherapy, Wilfred Ruprecht Bion, 1897-1979
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Business and Law > Department of Business Management
ID Code:17454
Deposited By: Dr A. Fraher
Deposited On:01 Oct 2012 14:54
Last Modified:21 Mar 2018 08:12

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