Tavistock and Portman talk: An exploration of thinking under extreme interpersonal conditions
We will set the scene with a look at some of the key theories of thinking by Freud, Bion and Klein etc. We will look at the formation of thinking capacity from a developmental perspective and then go on to illustrate some of this from our clinical experience of working with patients who have fragmented thoughts and projections and whose projections actively undermine the capacity for thought.
We will explore our thoughts on what it is (and what it might mean) to create a space in the mind for thinking activity which can hold on to and contain anxiety (primitive emotions) while being able to hold on to doubt and work creatively at producing thoughts/feelings. Reflecting via the use of another mind in supervision or team reflection will be explored. We will also touch on some of the physiological aspects of this process.
Steve Bambrough and Louise Allnutt
We're celebrating 100 years of our Trust with our Tavistock and Portman talks.