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Harris, M. (2011). Chapter Two: The Individual in the Group: On Learning to Work with the Psychoanalytical Method (1978). The Tavistock Model: Papers on Child Development and Psychoanalytic Training, 25-43.

Harris, M. (2011). Chapter Two: The Individual in the Group: On Learning to Work with the Psychoanalytical Method (1978). The Tavistock Model: Papers on Child Development and Psychoanalytic Training, 25-43

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Martha Harris

This paper explores the “Tavistock philosophy” in more specifically Bionian terms of the tension between the individual and the group as container or constricter, with special reference to Attention and Interpretation (Bion, 1970). The author suggests “transposing into a lower key” the turbulence and uncertainty associated with the “new state of mind”. The baby-observation seminar is a prelude to perceiving the emotions that characterize the psychoanalytic couple; and group learning can aim to be “symbiotic” rather than reinforcing basic assumptions. She discusses her method of “continued self-selection” by students; the usefulness of written work; the place of theories or “models” as “organizational tools”; problems of working in institutions; and the dangers of considering oneself a “spokesman” for some “advanced” psychoanalytic group, as distinct from struggling to learn through introjection—“becoming O”.

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