Infinite Possibilities of Social Dreaming

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W. Gordon Lawrence
Karnac Books, 2007 - Health & Fitness - 194 pages
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Social Dreaming was discovered in the early 1980s at the Tavistock Institute in London. Its focus is on the dream and not the dreamer. It is done with a set of people who come together to share their dreams. This goes against the accepted belief, even dogma, that the study of dreaming can only be pursued in a one-to-one relationship, where one of the participants is a trained psychoanalyst.

The chapters in this book on Social Dreaming indicate the endless possibilities of free association and amplification in social dreaming. Although each writer has conveyed this, there still exist in their texts more detailed connotations and possible meanings of particular dreams. In a sense, their chapters are only beginnings for the reader to expand, as none is in any sense a complete, final version of the potential meanings of dreams in a particular Social Dreaming Matrix.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
experiences at the University
7
Social
18
The dreaming soldier
29
associations thoughts
46
Social Dreaming and the birth of South Africas democracy
65
Social Dreaming with a group
78
of LAquila Italy
91
Social Dreaming at the Jung Congress
113
how Social Dreaming
120
the creative process
131
The organization as a container for dreams
148
Dream Reflection Group
162
Creative Role Synthesis
172
BIBLIOGRAPHY
184
Copyright

Shedding light on organizational shadows
106

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W. Gordon Lawrence is a managing partner of Social Dreaming Ltd, London. He is Visiting Professor at the University of Northumberland, Newcastle, the New Bulgarian University, Sofia, and at La Sapienza, the University of Rome. He is on the editorial board of Free Associations (UK), Freie Assoziation (Germany) and Organizational and Social Dynamics (UK). He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Socio-Analysis and a Distinguished Member of the International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations.

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