Object Relations, Work and the Self / Edition 1

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Overview

In this book, David P. Levine applies psychoanalytic object relations theory to understanding work motivation and the meaning of work. Drawing on the writings of authors such as Donald Winnicott, Otto Kernberg and Melanie Klein, he explores three factors central to our effort to understand work: guilt, greed and the self. Special attention is paid to the factors that determine the individual's emotional capacity to do work that engages the self and its creative potential and to the related matter of impairment in that capacity.

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"For anyone involved in working within an organisation, especially one in which the person identifies with the aim of the organisation in which they work, this book is a real gem. The author applies psychoanalytic and object relations theory to ‘understand work motivation and the meaning of work’ and especially in relation to three central factors: guilt, greed and the self...this is a fascinating and valuable book to use and reflect on in relation to work based dynamics." - Journal of Analytical Psychology, Vol. 55, 2010
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415479974
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/19/2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 0.62 (w) x 0.92 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

David P. Levine is a Professor and Director of the International Administration degree program at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver. He has published extensively in the fields of applied psychoanalysis and group dynamics.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 The problem of work 10

2 The group at play 31

3 Greed, envy and the search for self 50

4 Life and death at work 62

5 Reparation , empathy and the public good 73

6 Skill, power and authority 99

7 Work identity 118

8 Work and reality 127

9 Conclusion 139

Notes 144

References 147

Index 151

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