Thinking Space: Promoting Thinking about Race, Culture and Diversity in Psychotherapy and Beyond

Thinking Space: Promoting Thinking about Race, Culture and Diversity in Psychotherapy and Beyond

by Frank Lowe
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Karnac Books
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Thinking Space: Promoting Thinking about Race, Culture and Diversity in Psychotherapy and Beyond

Thinking Space was set up to develop the capacity of staff and trainees at the Tavistock Clinic to think about racism and other forms of hatred toward difference in ourselves and others. Drawing on Bion’s (1962) distinction between “knowing” and “knowing about”, the latter of which can be a defense against knowing a subject in a deeper and emotionally real way, Thinking Space sought to promote curiosity, exploration and learning about difference, by paying as much attention as to how we learn (process) as to what we learn (content).

This book is a celebration of ten years of Thinking Space at the Tavistock Clinic and a way of sharing the thinking, experience and learning gained over these years. Thinking Space functions, among other things, as a test-bed for ideas and many of the papers included here began as presentations, and were encouraged and developed by the experience. These papers do not seek to provide a coherent theory or set of views. On the contrary they are very diverse and decidedly so, as finding, expressing and developing one’s own personal idiom involves emotional truthfulness and is an important part of getting to know oneself: both of which are important prerequisites to getting to know the other.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781782200598
Publisher: Karnac Books
Publication date: 11/28/2013
Series: Tavistock Clinic Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 473,480
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Series editor’s preface
About the editor and contributors

Introduction, Frank Lowe
1) Thinking space: the model, Frank Lowe
2) Race and our evasions of invitations to think: how identifications and idealizations may prevent us from thinking, Onel Brooks
3) Between fear and blindness: the white therapist and the black patient, Helen Morgan
4) Is it coz I’m white?, David Morgan
5) Being “black” in the transference: working under the spectre of racism, Jonathan Bradley
6) The complexity of cultural competence, Inga-Britt Krause
7) “Class is in you”: an exploration of some social class issues in psychotherapeutic work, Joanna Ryan
8) Psychoanalysis and homosexuality: keeping the discussion moving, Juliet Newbigin
9) Paradoxes and blind spots: an exploration of Irish identity in British organizations and society, Aideen Lucey
10) Dehumanization, guilt, and large-group dynamics with reference to the West, Israel, and the Palestinians, Martin Kemp
11) The August 2011 Riots—them and us, Frank Lowe

Appendix: Thinking space events

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