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Overview

In this book a psychoanalytic clinician and theoretician of world renown integrates current knowledge of the psychodynamics of individuals, groups, and organizations into a new theoretical framework. Dr. Otto F. Kernberg shows how the interplay of libidinal and aggressive impulses enacted within the dynamic unconscious of the individual also occurs at the level of groups and social organizations. He sheds new light on the turbulent nature of human interactions in groups, suggests how this understanding may help to resolve conflicts at the group and institutional levels, and provides a model for achieving effective institutional change.

Dr. Kernberg applies his integrative frame to the analysis of the regressive processes in groups, the nature of institutional leadership, and the conditions of rational functioning that may protect the organization from the most dangerous consequences of regressive group processes. To illustrate the therapeutic uses of the model, he considers its applications to group therapy and the therapeutic community; to illustrate its consultative potential, he includes a section on problems in psychoanalytic organizations. In conclusion, the author extends his theoretical framework to the social sciences, proposing contributions to the psychology of ideology formation, bureaucracy, conventionality, and the political process.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300073553
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 6/16/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 340
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Pt. 1 Psychoanalytic Studies of Group Processes: Theory and Application
1 Psychoanalytic Theories of Group Psychology 3
2 Identity, Alienation, and Ideology in Adolescent Group Processes 23
3 Mass Psychology Through the Analytic Lens 36
Pt. 2 Institutional Dynamics and Leadership
4 Leadership and Organizational Functioning 51
5 Regression in Organizational Leadership 69
6 The Couch at Sea: The Psychoanalysis of Organizations 91
7 The Moral Dimension of Leadership 104
8 Paranoiagenesis in Organizations 122
9 Leadership Styles 140
Pt. 3 Therapeutic Applications
10 A Systems Approach to the Priority Setting of Interventions in Groups 159
11 The Therapeutic Community: A Reevaluation 180
Pt. 4 Applications to Psychoanalytic Education
12 Institutional Problems of Psychoanalytic Education 203
13 Authoritarianism, Culture, and Personality in Psychoanalytic Education 230
14 Thirty Ways to Destroy the Creativity of Psychoanalytic Candidates 238
Pt. 5 Ideology, Morality, and the Political Process
15 The Temptations of Conventionality 253
16 Ideology and Bureaucracy as Social Defenses Against Aggression 273
17 Regression in the Political Process 285
Bibliography 299
Index 309
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