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 1 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.
'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 whichpsychoanalysis 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, IsraelContents:FOREWORD - Earl Hopper, Editor of NILGAINTRODUCTION - Earl Hopper and Haim WeinbergPART I: THE ORIGINS OF THE CONCEPT OF THE SOCIAL UNCONSCIOUSCHAPTER ONE The concept of the social unconscious in the work of S. H. Foulkes - Dieter NitzgenCHAPTER TWO The concept of the co-unconscious in Moreno's psychodrama - Heloisa Junqueira Fleury and Anna Maria KnobelCHAPTER THREE Enrique Pichon-Riviere: the social unconscious in the Latin-American tradition of group analysis - Juan Tubert-OklanderPART II: THE ORGANISMIC AND NEUROBIOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVEIntroduction - Malcolm PinesCHAPTER FOUR Mirror neurons, sociality, and the species homo sapiens - A. P. Tom OrmayCHAPTER FIVE The group mind, systems-centred functional sub-grouping, and interpersonal neurobiology - Susan P. Gantt and Yvonne M. AgazarianPART III: THE RELATIONAL AND INTERPERSONAL PERSPECTIVEIntroduction - Robi FriedmanCHAPTER SIX Working intersubjectively: what does it mean for theory and therapy? - Martin WeegmannCHAPTER SEVEN The lost roots of the theory of group analysis: "interrelational individuals" or "persons" - Joshua LaviePART IV: THE MIND OF THE SOCIAL SYSTEMIntroduction - Felix de MendelssohnCHAPTER EIGHT The false we/the false collective self: a dynamic part of the social unconscious - Helena KlimovaCHAPTER NINE Manifestations of psychic retreats in social systems - Marina MojovicPART V: THE MATRIX OF THE SOCIAL SYSTEMIntroduction - Gerhard WilkeCHAPTER TEN The social unconscious and ideology: in clinical theory and practice - Farhad DalalCHAPTER ELEVEN The foundation matrix and the social unconscious - Regine ScholzPART VI THE NUMINOUS AND THE UNKNOWNIntroduction - Amelie NoackCHAPTER TWELVE The social unconscious and the collective unconscious: the Jungian perspective - Stephanie FarissCHAPTER THIRTEEN Intuiting knowledge from the social unconscious with special reference to social dreaming - Gordon Lawrence