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Systems psychodynamics: The formative years of an interdisciplinary field at the Tavistock Institute

Systems psychodynamics: The formative years of an interdisciplinary field at the Tavistock Institute
Systems psychodynamics: The formative years of an interdisciplinary field at the Tavistock Institute
Systems psychodynamics is an interdisciplinary field amalgamating a triad of influences-the practice of psychoanalysis, the theories and methods of the field of group relations, and the task and boundary awareness of open systems perspectives. Although systems psychodynamics is not a new field of study, there has been a general lack of awareness of its roots, how its formative elements have become intertwined over the years, and the role of the Tavistock Institute in developments in the field. This article provides a synthesis of this history and focuses, in particular, on the intellectual foundations of the Tavistock method of working experientially with groups and the application of this method to the study of organizations.
1093-4510
65-84
Fraher, Amy L.
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Fraher, Amy L.
5c2ad136-717b-43b1-be85-c7a970f85116

Fraher, Amy L. (2004) Systems psychodynamics: The formative years of an interdisciplinary field at the Tavistock Institute. History of Psychology, 7 (1), 65-84. (doi:10.1037/1093-4510.7.1.65).

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Systems psychodynamics is an interdisciplinary field amalgamating a triad of influences-the practice of psychoanalysis, the theories and methods of the field of group relations, and the task and boundary awareness of open systems perspectives. Although systems psychodynamics is not a new field of study, there has been a general lack of awareness of its roots, how its formative elements have become intertwined over the years, and the role of the Tavistock Institute in developments in the field. This article provides a synthesis of this history and focuses, in particular, on the intellectual foundations of the Tavistock method of working experientially with groups and the application of this method to the study of organizations.

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Published date: February 2004

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Local EPrints ID: 427844
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/427844
ISSN: 1093-4510
PURE UUID: c3e33465-9db2-4b4d-8f8c-02d62cc33570
ORCID for Amy L. Fraher: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-2093-5164

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Last modified: 19 Nov 2019 01:21

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