The Social Unconscious in Persons, Groups and Societies: Volume 1: Mainly Theory

Editor : Earl Hopper, Editor : Haim Weinberg

Part of The New International Library of Group Analysis series - more in this series

The Social Unconscious in Persons, Groups and Societies: Volume 1: Mainly Theory

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : 2011
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 400
  • Category :
    Group Psychotherapy
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  • Catalogue No : 28584
  • ISBN 13 : 9781855757684
  • ISBN 10 : 1855757680
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The social unconscious is vital for understanding persons and their groupings, ranging from families to societies, committees to organisations, and from small to median to large therapeutic groups, and essential for comprehensive clinical work. This series of volumes of contributions from an international network of psychoanalysts, analytical psychologists, group analysts and psychodramatists draw on the classical ideas of Freud, Klein and Jung, Bion, Foulkes and Moreno, and on contemporary relational perspectives, self-psychology and neuroscience. Volume I is concerned mainly with the theory of the social unconscious. It is focused on topics such as location, sociality, the social brain, identity, ideology, the foundation matrix, social psychological retreats, false collective self-objects, the collective unconscious and its archetypes and social dreaming.

Reviews and Endorsements

'The clearest and most definitive statement about unconscious processes in social groups to date. A momentous volume that will define the field for decades to come; essential reading for all of us.'
- Peter Fonagy, PhD, FBA, Freud Memorial Professor of Psychoanalysis, University College London, and Chief Executive of the Anna Freud Centre, London

'This edited volume of erudite papers places the topic of the social unconscious in the framework of contemporary psychoanalytic and group theory. Compelling reading, stimulating, informative, and well written.'
- Richard Billow, PhD, Clinical Professor and Director of the Group Program of the Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, Adelphi University, New York

'A major contribution to the literature about how we are governed by social and cultural forces that we glimpse mostly only in passing. This collection draws on the work of major contemporary theorists, and offers a definitive account of the social unconscious that will be of value to everyone working on the interfaces between psychology, psychoanalysis, sociology, social theory, and group analysis.'
- Stephen Frosh, PhD, Professor of Psychology, Birkbeck College, London

'An international collection that looks into the psyche and out to the social world, far into the past and deeply into the present, providing an integrated perspective on the effects of cultural and social forces on the continuing development of individuals, families and social organizations. It points to a future in which
psychoanalysis can arrive at a fuller understanding of the human condition.'
- Jill Savege Scharff, MD, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Georgetown University, Washington, DC

'A collage of essays on overlapping and interdependent areas of theory and clinical application, which is accessible to the beginning clinician in individual or group work, and will extend the reach of the most sophisticated theoretician.'
- David Scharff, MD, coordinator of the International Psychotherapy Institute and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Services and at Georgetown University, Washington, DC

'Outstanding clinicians from four continents explore the concept and implications of the social unconscious, filled with information on the myriad of ways that psychic and social realities intersect, including socio-political structures and their effects on individuals.'
- Howard D. Kibel, MD, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, New York Medical College and Adjunct Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Weil Medical College of Cornell University, New York

'The Introduction to this book, written by its co-editors, is a cornerstone for the understanding of the complex concept of the social unconscious. A brilliant and precise historical review. A precious gift to group analysts the world over.'
- Hanna Biran, psychoanalyst and group analyst, Tel Aviv, Israel

FOREWORD - Earl Hopper, Editor of NILGA
INTRODUCTION - Earl Hopper and Haim Weinberg

CHAPTER ONE The concept of the social unconscious in the work of S. H. Foulkes - Dieter Nitzgen
CHAPTER TWO The concept of the co-unconscious in Moreno's psychodrama - Heloisa Junqueira Fleury and Anna Maria Knobel
CHAPTER THREE Enrique Pichon-Rivière: the social unconscious in the Latin-American tradition of group analysis - Juan Tubert-Oklander

Introduction - Malcolm Pines
CHAPTER FOUR Mirror neurons, sociality, and the species homo sapiens - A. P. Tom Ormay
CHAPTER FIVE The group mind, systems-centred functional sub-grouping, and interpersonal neurobiology - Susan P. Gantt and Yvonne M. Agazarian

Introduction - Robi Friedman
CHAPTER SIX Working intersubjectively: what does it mean for theory and therapy? - Martin Weegmann
CHAPTER SEVEN The lost roots of the theory of group analysis: "interrelational individuals" or "persons" - Joshua Lavie

Introduction - Felix de Mendelssohn
CHAPTER EIGHT The false we/the false collective self: a dynamic part of the social unconscious - Helena Klímová
CHAPTER NINE Manifestations of psychic retreats in social systems - Marina Mojovic

Introduction - Gerhard Wilke
CHAPTER TEN The social unconscious and ideology: in clinical theory and practice - Farhad Dalal
CHAPTER ELEVEN The foundation matrix and the social unconscious - Regine Scholz

Introduction - Amélie Noack
CHAPTER TWELVE The social unconscious and the collective unconscious: the Jungian perspective - Stephanie Fariss
CHAPTER THIRTEEN Intuiting knowledge from the social unconscious with special reference to social dreaming - Gordon Lawrence

About the Editor(s)

Earl Hopper, PhD, is a psychoanalyst, group analyst, certified group therapist, and organisational consultant in private practice in London. A Distinguished Fellow of the American Group Psychotherapy Association, an Honorary Member of the Group Analytic Society International, and an Honorary Member of the Institute of Group Analysis, he is a supervisor and training analyst for many psychotherapy organizations in England. He is alos a former President of the International Association for Group Psychotherapy and Group Processes (IAGP), and a former Chairman of the Association of Independent Psychoanalysts of the British Psychoanalytical Society.

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Haim Weinberg is a Californian and Israeli licensed psychologist and group analyst. He is Past-president of the Northern California Group Psychotherapy Society and the Israeli Association of Group Psychotherapy. He is the director of an international doctorate program in psychology with an emphasis on group psychotherapy at the Professional School of Psychology, Sacramento, California, where he serves as the academic Vice President.

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