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van Reekum, G. (2018). “One is the Loneliest Number …” Back to Bion's Basic Assumption. Organ. Soc. Dyn., 18(1):122-130.

(2018). Organizational and Social Dynamics, 18(1):122-130

Speaking Out

“One is the Loneliest Number …”1 Back to Bion's Basic Assumption

Gerard van Reekum

This is a response to Nadine Tchelebi's conceptual paper Taking Bion “Back to Basics” (2017) in which she proposes to consider “oneness” as the only basic-assumption mentality, and to use the term “synthesis” for what was formerly known as work(group) mentality.

After a brief introduction, summarising Tchelebi's propositions, a series of second thoughts are offered for discussion. It is hoped that these will contribute to a further exchange of ideas and support Tchelebi's aim to re-invent Bion's perspective for group work in the present.

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