Ambivalence in Mentorship

Author(s) : Bonnie D. Oglensky

Ambivalence in Mentorship

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : May 2018
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 208
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  • Catalogue No : 38163
  • ISBN 13 : 9781782204183
  • ISBN 10 : 1782204180
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Ambivalence in Mentorship is based on research of scores of mentors and protégés in longstanding relationships representing a range of career fields. Using vivid case narratives, the book takes a nuanced look at the emotional complexities of their mentorships—the intense passions and hopes that get stirred up in these professional, yet intimate connections as well as the turmoil created by disappointment, betrayal, competition, and the mere readiness to move on and separate from these relationships.

Framing the psychodynamics of mentorship dialectically, the book unpacks the relational struggles in mentorship to trace how these emerge from strong emotional bonds. This is accomplished by delineating and illustrating three modes of the ambivalent attachment between mentor and protégé: idealisation, loyalty, and generativity. Pushing at the boundaries of research on the topic, Ambivalence in Mentorship locates this relationship at the crosshairs of authority and love--highlighting the interplay of intrapsychic, interpersonal, cultural, and historical forces that drive this relationship to be at once vital and risky. Professionals in the social sciences, business, and management fields will find that the book offers a fresh perspective and authentic voice to the very real joys and complicated feelings that attend mentorship.

About the Author(s)

Bonnie D. Oglensky, PhD, is a psychoanalytically-oriented sociologist, professor, and Academic Director of the Sociology and Human Relations Programs at The City University of New York, School of Professional Studies. Her interest in the socio-emotional complexities of professional and workplace relationships – particularly those like mentorship that are authority-based – have led to research and publication of well received books and monographs including The Part Time Paradox: Time Norms., Professional Life, Family and Gender (co-authored with C.F. Epstein, C. Seron, and R. Saute) and numerous scholarly and popular articles and reviews. Prior to her academic life, Dr Oglensky served on the executive team of Project Liberty – New York City's emergency mental health response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks and was a clinical social worker with battered women, homeless families, and school children at one of the oldest settlement houses in the U.S. She is deeply committed to bringing together frameworks for understanding how the psyche and social connect – especially, though not exclusively, in work life.

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