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7. Emergent themes in group relations in chaotic times

Slice ePub May 23, 2014

Tlhe working hypothesis to be explored is:

There is the emergence of a paradigm shift from the politics of salvation to the politics of revelation in the practice of consultancy.

If you will, there is the beginning of change in the “mind set” that consultants bring to their work. In particular, I am concerned to explore the covert “scientific” thinking and related latent values that structure how consultants see the work relationships between their client-partners and themselves.

What are the processes of thinking that are leading to this change in perspective?

The twentieth-century heritage of thinking

Business, and consultancy, would be impossible without thinking and thought, for

thought has a creative function… to create what is there. In fact, almost everything we see around us in the world was created from thought, including all the cities, all the buildings, all the science, all the technology and almost everything we call nature. [Bohm & Edwards, 1991, p. 8]

To give a striking example: It was the capacity to work that caused Neolithic people at the end of the Stone Age in about 2,500 BC to start growing cereals and to begin to domesticate pigs, sheep, oxen, and goats. This remarkable leap in thinking transformed human beings of the time from being exclusively nomadic hunters, fishers, and gatherers of food to becoming settlers. From these beginnings agriculture as we know it developed. All of it has been achieved by thought.

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12. Collections

Slice ePub May 29, 2014

Collections are powerful extensions to ActionScripts indexed array component, the core ActionScript Array. Collections add functionality for sorting the contents of an array, maintaining a read position within an array, and creating views that can show a sorted version of the array. Collections also can notify event listeners that the data they contain has been changed, as well as performing custom logic on items added to the source array. It is this capability of the collection to notify listeners of data changes that allows data binding, and it is the collections capability to sort its content that allows ListBase-based components to sort and filter their contents. Collections are an integral part of working with both data-driven controls and server-side services returned from a database.

The three most commonly used types of collections are ArrayCollection, ArrayList, and XMLListCollection. ArrayCollection and ArrayList both wrap an Array element and provide convenient methods for adding and removing items by implementing the IList interface. By extending the ListCollectionView class, which implements the ICollectionView interface, ArrayCollection also provides the ability to create a cursor enabling the last read position in the Array to be stored easily. The XMLListCollection wraps an XML object and provides similar functionality: access to objects via an index, convenience methods for adding new objects, and cursor functionality. The XMLListCollection is particularly powerful when dealing with arrays of XML objects and frequently removes the need for parsing XML into arrays of data objects.

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CHAPTER ONE: The psychic birth of emotional experience: the mental equipment for making contact and understanding the psychic reality

Slice ePub May 23, 2014

“We are such stuff as dreams are made on
and our little life is rounded with a sleep”

(Shakespeare, The Tempest)

In this chapter, I am approaching the problems with which we are confronted in psychoanalytical treatments of patients who have serious difficulties in the psychic transformation of their emotional experiences*. Most of these problems are related to failures in the process of symbolic transformation. I am interested in the specific symbolic failure which is related to the obstruction of the development of phantasies, dreams, dream thoughts, etc. I want to focus attention on a frozen area of the mind, which, through immobility and emotional isolation, avoids falling into states of traumatic helplessness. I also want to differentiate bombardment of stimuli, or chaotic states of excitement, from psychically elaborated emotional experiences.

In my clinical experience with severely disturbed patients, I found myself differentiating a pathology that I frame in what Bion (1967, p. 43) calls hypertrophy of the apparatus for projectiveidentification from another in which a detention of projective identifications and an emotional isolation prevail.

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Appendix B Live-Withs

Slice ePub November 13, 2014

SOMETIMES WHEN I give people live-withs, I just give them the title without any instructions. They relate to the admonition with a sense of discovery based on what they know and need. They then create their own way of practicing the live-with. In many ways the results from this no-instruction approach are more profound because people are more resourceful and creative.

So below find a list of live-withs that you can use in this way, perhaps on the basis of the challenge it represents, or a need you have or maybe just because you like the sound of it. You’ll see some that are already in this book, so you can get instructions for those. But in most cases, you’re on your own.

To Develop Faith in Your Own Inner Resources

Have No Expectations

I Don’t Know

If at First You Don’t Succeed, Surrender

Let Go

To Diminish Your Inner Voice of Judgment (VOJ)

Psych Out the VOJ

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3. Toaster Tea Popper

Source: DIY Coffee
Slice ePub May 27, 2014

Photography by Johnathan Nightingale

Perfect brew by the clock. By Johnathan Nightingale

I didnt used to care about tea timing. In general, I have found that I can prepare tea of adequate quality by simply leaving the teabag in for a while. Recently, though, I was persuaded to begin timing and have been convinced that doing so yields a better and more consistent brew. Conventional tea timers have a common failing though, be they hourglass, mechanical, or, in my case, Palm: they require user intervention. At work, I inevitably became distracted by a conversation or got called away to fix something only to return to a patiently beeping timer and some very overdone tea. What I needed was a timer that could remove the teabag on its own.

I found my salvation in a toaster. A toaster is, after all, an easily obtainable and very cheap device that has, at its core, a variable timer controlling a mechanical lifting arm. Most modern toasters use a simple electronic circuit: when the lever is depressed, current flows to the heating elements and to an electromagnet. The electromagnet holds the lever down against the tension of a spring in the handle. While the toast is toasting, a trickle of current flows into a capacitor at a rate controlled by the darkness dial, which is nothing more than a variable resistor or rheostat. When the capacitor is filled, the electromagnet disconnects, the lever pops back up, and current is cut to the heating coils. With all this work already done for us, a basic ability to solder and some simple parts should be all thats needed for this project.

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