By Parthenope Bion Talamo

Bion's examine of teams and crew tactics has a similar caliber as Freud's discovery of transference or Klein's paintings in baby research. the best way he observed the emotional lifetime of the person within the team, particularly his personal, spread out 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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The fake egalitarianism that had been sustained reminded me of Gufstafson's (1979) concept of pseudomutuality. I doggedly persisted in dragging this picture of the group's values-in-use into the open. Interestingly enough, the group never attacked me (as often happens in such situations) but appeared to go through a process of gradual admission of @t. On reflection, I think they might have progressed further if there had been an explosion and things had gone out of control. The establishment guards an area in the life of the group that cannot be thought about.

13. Emotional Oscillations and Schisn~soccur when the ambivalence in the group towards its leader is so severe that it spreads to surrounding groups or splits the group into opposing subgroups. ". " Bion used these terms to track the dynamic interplay of mental states at a particular time in a group; he did not mean them to stand for the group itself. Bion did not view ba states to be in conflict with each other, even though they alternated; the tension or conflict, in his view, is between the wrrk group and one of the ba states.

Bion offers examples of interventions as well as a number of guidelines (Lipgar, 1993a). He states explicitly that "interpretation" is primary and is the strongest contribution the analyst/ consultant makes to the group's ability to work. With regard to timing an interpretation, he offers the observation that he speaks up when something appears to be obvious in the group but remains unspoken. His "experiences in groups", however, hardly address a myriad of technical questions that arise with regard to 30 BION'S LEGACY TO GROUPS effective performance in the consultant/leaderls role.

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