Bion’s Legacy to Groups by Parthenope Bion Talamo

By Parthenope Bion Talamo

Bion's examine of teams and staff strategies has an identical caliber as Freud's discovery of transference or Klein's paintings in baby research. the way in which he observed the emotional lifetime of the person within the crew, significantly his personal, unfolded new territory for exploration, a going "beyond the confines", and this assortment seeks to list a debt to that new exploration.

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Thelen (1954,1984). We were a lively group of graduate students who gathered around ~helen' to study the way people worked and learned in groups and how groups influenced how people worked and learned. We were particularly interested in demonstrating scientifically the advantages of democratic leadership. In our zeal, we were inspired not only by 'Thelen (1985) gives an excellent account of these days at the Human Dynamics Laboratory and of Bion's influence in his excellent chapter in Bion and Group Psychothpy, a wonderful collection of papers edited by Malcolm Pines (1985).

The group's conversation, which was circuitous and deadening, kept returning to the issue of "diariesw-a feature of the weekly staff meeting which the group both insisted upon and yet resented. I adopted the posture of the naive outsider-a privilege that anyone new to a group can enjoy. I asked them to tell me what "diaries" was all about. They explained that it was the process by which the project team members informed each other about meetings or events in the neighbourhood that were coming up the following week.

Alll members of a group are responsible for the behaviour of the group" (p. 118). 20 BION'SLEGACY TO GROUPS 9. Bion found these anonymous collusions to occur in patterns associated with particular clusters of emotions and implicit assumptions towards leadership and authority. He identified three of these patterns, described as "basic-assumption groupsn-baDependency (baD), baFigh t/Flight (baF/F), and 6uPairing (baP)-and the cluster of emotions, anxieties, and attitudes particular to each? 10. Bion conceived of group culture as resulting from the conflict between the desires of the individual and group mentality.

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