Tolerance - A Concept in Crisis: Psychoanalytic, Group Analytic, and Socio-Cultural Perspectives

Editor : Avi Berman, Editor : Gila Ofer

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Tolerance - A Concept in Crisis: Psychoanalytic, Group Analytic, and Socio-Cultural Perspectives

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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : July 2024
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 256
  • Category :
    Group Psychotherapy
  • Catalogue No : 97726
  • ISBN 13 : 9781032060118
  • ISBN 10 : 1032060115

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This book examines tolerance as a concept under crisis, exploring its origin and functions, and how it can be at risk of replacement by moral intolerance or retributive justice in turbulent societies.

Tolerance - A Concept in Crisis considers the contributions that can be made to understanding and elaborating tolerance, and its counterpart intolerance, by psychoanalysis and group analysis. The contributors, representing a range of countries, backgrounds, and specialisms, consider five key themes: conceptual and emotional challenges, tolerance and psychoanalysis, tolerance and group analysis, tolerance and the socio-political, and tolerance and intolerance in organizations and institutes. The project suggests that tolerance is an outcome of developmental processes (emotional, intrapsychic, intersubjective, and social) to agree and contain disagreement as part of mutual belonging. It also considers how it might be taken too far. The concept of tolerance is examined through its valid contributions to diversity and reduction of discrimination, promoting reflexive scepticism, critical pluralism, and durable forgiveness.

Tolerance - A Concept in Crisis will be of great interest to psychoanalysts and group analysts facing issues of conflict and its resolutions, as well as other professionals who are seeking new perspectives on tolerance.

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It is good to see a book on tolerance at this time when grey clouds threatening war are once again gathering over various parts of the globe. Tolerance and working with others have been the prime asset that has enabled the human race to succeed so emphatically. At the same time, nothing is perfect. We all have to tolerate imperfection and difference and indeed intolerance. Such prejudices unleash forces that undermine us with dismissiveness, ideology, and bigotry. Avi Berman and Gila Ofer have worked hard to gather authors with many important perspectives on the hidden unconscious turbulence which erupts in uncontrolled, ill-understood ways in our many different societies. It is essential that in the twenty-first century, we reflect on these potentially disastrous storms.
R.D. Hinshelwood, Professor Emeritus, University of Essex, UK

A thought-provoking collection of papers that deepened my understanding of Tolerance - a psychological concept that is not easy to grasp in its nuance and sophistication and absorb into one's sensibility.  An international group of scholarly clinicians approached tolerance from a number of therapeutic, geographic, moral, and political perspectives.  Many contributions are deeply personal and reached me on that relational level.'
Richard M. Billow, Ph.D., Clinical Professor, Derner Postgraduate Programs; former director, Adelphi Postgraduate Group Program

Written by a diverse group of international experts, this book is an outstanding combination of different contemporary perspectives onto the concept of tolerance. It fills an important gap in theory and practice of development psychology, psychoanalysis, group analysis and politics (!) in these polarized times. The authors and editors succeeded in creating a fantastic blueprint, which the world really needs in view of the Kremlin's aggressive war against Ukraine, the competition between political systems and the fight of psychoanalytic institutes against their progredient insignificance. But blind tolerance, like epistemic mistrust, leads both individually and socio-politically to a dead end. In this respect, this book is also a wake-up call.
Ulrich Schultz-Venrath, Prof. Dr. med., Professor of Psychosomatics and Psychotherapy (University of Witten/Herdecke),working in private practice as psychoanalyst (DPV/IPA) and training group analyst (D3G/EFPP/GASI)

In this Anthropocene era, there has never been a more important time for widespread understanding of mankind’s own psychology.  Central to our very survival is the issue of tolerance, over-tolerance, and the not tolerating of destructiveness in ourselves and others.
This is a wonderful collection of thought-provoking essays that range from developmental psychology to individual, dyadic, group, and societal psychology. All the essays are steeped in psychoanalytic studies and reflections.
The editors and authors are to be congratulated for producing this book. It deserves a very broad readership as part of the urgent need for the psychoanalytic field to play a greater part in bringing its understanding to a wider public in the interest of mankind’s self-preservation.
Brian Martindale, Honorary President of the European Federation of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

In a moment when expectations regarding democratic world diminished, stressing uncertainty, polarization and fear this book offers an essential and bona fide analysis of the concept of tolerance. Drawing on transdisciplinary research and exploring psychoanalytical, group analytical, sociocultural and organizational dimensions of the theme, the editors and authors from various countries permit an all-encompassing reflection on a fundamental topic to understand our current turbulent times.'
Carla Penna, PhD, psychoanalyst and group analyst in Rio de Janeiro. Member of the Group Analytic Society international. Former president of the Brazilian Association of Group Psychotherapy

Putting aside manic ideals of blissful harmony, Avi Berman and Gila Ofer turn their attention to the more human and more plausible attribute of tolerance. They have enlisted a number of distinguished contributors who compare and contrast tolerance with forgiveness, mutual recognition, and acceptance of difference. Together they elucidate such phenomena in a variety of contexts, ranging from groups, organizations, mobs, and, to wit, psychoanalytic associations. Given the radical demographic shifts, inter-ethnic conflicts, and other forms of sociopolitical schisms in our world of today, Berman and Ofer's book is of keen and urgent importance indeed.
Salman Akhtar, MD, Professor of Psychiatry, Jefferson Medical College; Training & Supervising Analyst, Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia

Table of Contents

Part I: The Emotional Challenge of Tolerance: Between Disillusionment and Forgiveness
1. The Unbearable and the Emergence of Disillusioned Tolerance
Avi Berman

2. Tolerance and Forgiveness: Theoretical and Clinical Perspectives in Coping with Painful Otherness
Gila Ofer

3. Tolerance and Forgiveness as Survival Strategies
Ivan Urlić

4. The Intolerable Narrative: How Politicizing Forgiveness Undermines Transitional Justice Processes
Anat Hornung Ziff and Tamar Ziff

Part II: Tolerance and Psychoanalysis
5. The Stranger-Patient: Tolerance Between a Jewish Therapist and a Palestinian Patient in Israel
Noga Ariel-Galor

6. The Stranger on Analytic Couch
Martin Mahler

7. Tolerance, Mutual Recognition and Radical Witnessing: Three Degrees of Separation
Chana Ullman

Part III: Tolerance and Group Analysis
8. The Transformation of Intolerance: Political Divide, Enactment and Containment in Group Analysis, or: On Tolerance, the Limits of Containment and Mourning
Robert Grossmark

9. The Development of Tolerance in a 'Prisoners' Matrix'
Ella Stolper

10. From Dead Ends to Live Exchanges - 'Social Tolerance' in the Analytic Group
Liat Warhaftig-Aran

Part IV: Tolerance and the Socio-Political
11. Polarization on Social Media - A Psychoanalytic and Group-Analytic Reflection on the Failure of Tolerance
Avi Berman

12. Tolerance and the Crowd: An Improbable Duet
Rina Dudai

13. Intolerance and Processes of Fundamentalism in the Context of the Basic Assumption of Incohesion: Aggregation/Massification: Theoretical Notes and Clinical Illustrations
Earl Hopper

14. On Being Tolerated as a Minority
Leyla Navaro

15. Tolerance Amidst Racial Trauma: The South African Experience
Monica Spiro and Anne Morgan

16. The Dyadics of Tolerance and the Tolerance of Dyadics
Uri Hadar and Shlomit Yadlin-Gadot

17. Between Tolerance and Intolerance: Political Correctness and Populism
Haim Weinberg

Part V: Tolerance and Intolerance in Organizations and Institutes
18. Beyond Tolerance in Psychoanalytic Communities: Reflexive Skepticism and Critical Pluralism
Lewis Aron

19. The Challenge of Tolerance Between Psychoanalytic Institutes - Psychoanalytic Insights to Establishing New Psychoanalytic Institutes
Gila Ofer and Avi Berman

20. The Paradox of Tolerance: On the Therapeutic and Social Value of Not Tolerating the Intolerable
Uri Levin

About the Editor(s)

Avi Berman is a clinical psychologist, psychoanalyst, training psychoanalyst and group analyst. He is the founder of the Israeli Institute of Group Analysis.

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Gila Ofer is a training psychoanalyst and group analyst, a founding member and past president of the Tel-Aviv Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis, and a founding member of the Israeli Institute of Group Analysis. She supervises and teaches at the Post-Graduate School for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Tel-Aviv University, and was chair of the group section and board member of the EFPP. Currently she is the editor of the EFPP Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Review and the coordinator of Eastern European countries EFPP; she has published her work in leading journals.

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