Social defences against anxiety: Explorations in a paradigm

Armstrong, David and Rustin, Michael (2014) Social defences against anxiety: Explorations in a paradigm. Tavistock Clinic Series . Karnac, London. ISBN 9781782201687

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This book revisits the theory of social systems as a defence against anxiety first set out by Elliott Jaques and Isabel Menzies Lyth in papers which they published in 1955 and 1960, and which have been influential points of reference ever since. Menzies Lyth’s study of the nursing system of a general hospital, with its roots in both psychoanalysis and socio-technical systems thinking, has remained one of the most convincing demonstrations of the influence of unconscious anxieties on social behaviour, and of their effects in inducing dysfunctional defensive systems in organisations. The theory of ‘social defences against anxiety’ remains one of the most significant contributions of the ‘Tavistock school’ to the study of human relations.

Item Type: Book
Subjects: Groups & Organisations > Groups/Institutions/Organisations
Department/People: Tavistock Consultancy Service
Depositing User: Ms Linda Dolben
Date Deposited: 28 Nov 2014 10:20
Last Modified: 04 Apr 2017 14:34
URI: http://repository.tavistockandportman.ac.uk/id/eprint/918

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