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Norman†, J. Salomonsson, B. (2005). ‘Weaving thoughts’ A method for presenting and commenting psychoanalytic case material in a peer group. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 86(5):1281-1298.

(2005). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 86(5):1281-1298

‘Weaving thoughts’ A method for presenting and commenting psychoanalytic case material in a peer group Language Translation

Johan Norman† and Björn Salomonsson

The authors argue that there are good reasons for seriously considering the dynamics of the peer group when discussing psychoanalytical case material. The setting and procedure have to protect and facilitate for the presenter and the group members to work together. The aim of this paper is to discuss the problems connected with presenting and discussing clinical psychoanalytical material in a peer group and to describe one such specific method, which the authors call the ‘weaving thoughts’ method. The design is primarily inspired by Bion's formulation ‘thoughts in search of a thinker’. The group participants reflect on the presented clinical material in a way that the authors metaphorically describe as creating a weave of thoughts that emerges from the material. The aim of the method is to facilitate a work-group climate that allows thoughts to wander about, and to avert group members from debating and compromising the integrity of its members by letting basic assumptions come into power. The method is described from theoretical and practical points of view, with two illustrations of seminars according to this design and finally a discussion of the advantages and drawbacks of the method.

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