Organizational Change and the Analytic Third: Locating and Attending to Unconscious Organizational Psychodynamics

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Organizational Change and the Analytic Third: Locating and Attending to Unconscious Organizational Psychodynamics

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dc.contributor.author Diamond, Michael A. (Michael Alan) 1950-
dc.date.accessioned 2010-08-25T14:30:02Z
dc.date.available 2010-08-25T14:30:02Z
dc.date.issued 2007
dc.identifier.citation Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society 2007, 12, (142-164) en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1088-0763/07
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10355/8350
dc.description doi:10.1057/palgrave.pcs.2100116 en_US
dc.description.abstract This article examines the concept of the analytic third in psychoanalysis and psychoanalytically informed organizational change. The analytic third is often defined as the psychological(triangular) space between self and other, subject and object, fantasy and reality - the third dimension that emerges from two persons fully engaged in the exploration of unconscious meanings, reasons, motives and actions. In neo-Kleinian object relations, it is viewed as the intersubjective dimension of transference and counter- transference, or the emergence in analytic work of the observation and experience of ''I-as-subject'' and ''Me-as-object''(Ogden, 1994). The analytic third is what we create when we make genuine contact with one another at a deeper emotional level of experience whether in dyads, groups, communities, or organizations. It might be understood as akin to but not synonymous with Winnicott's (1971) notion of the transitional and potential space, where culture, play, creativity and imagination,reside. A case illustration is provided to better articulate the nature of the analytic third in the processes of observing, participating, and intervening in organizations. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society en_US
dc.relation.ispartof Center for the Study of Organizational Change publications (MU) en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Organizational change en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Psychoanalysis en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Psychology, Industrial en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Corporate culture en_US
dc.title Organizational Change and the Analytic Third: Locating and Attending to Unconscious Organizational Psychodynamics en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.source.harvested Social Science Research Network Web site en_US
dc.relation.ispartofcommunity University of Missouri-Columbia. Harry S. Truman School of Public Affairs. Center for the Study of Organizational Change.


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