Dr Marina Mojovic delivers this keynote lecture.
Marina Mojović, MD, psychiatrist, psychoanalytic psychotherapist, training group analyst, supervisor and organizational consultant in Serbia; founder of the Section and Training for Psychodynamic Studies of Institutions, Organizations and Society in GAS-Belgrade; member of GASI, IGPA, ISPSO and OPUS with special interest in studies of large groups, social unconscious, social dreaming including national and international programs of ‘reflective citizens’.
This paper demonstrates how social disasters generated by human violence, not only disrupt matrices of people living in the affected regions, but also spread like tsunamis or long-lasting nuclear radiations, reaching distant areas or generations, invading with toxicity and dismantling the ‘good-enough’ safety, and hopefulness of our family, community, workplace or therapeutic-group matrices, making us feel and be involved and responsible.
The author questions what are the challenges of Foulkes’ legacy creating group analysis as a method to embrace and deal with personal, group and social unconscious aspects? The reflection that emerged from the last GAS Symposium in London named ‘Keeping the Group-Analytic Flame Burning In spite of the Disturbing Socio-Political Forces from the Social Context’, tried to answer the question: how to explore and to cope wisely and group-analytically with challenges of matrix disrupted? Two main clusters of attacks onto the GA flame were signaled: those trauma rooted and those rooted in current social policies in many countries, losing sense of solidarity, encountering new forms of alienation, post-modern deconstruction of social boundaries leaving no conditions for social containment, fast transformation into network-organizations and social-media communication styles, all decreasing the interest in reflection spaces of our kind. But at the same time, the essential need for communication, sharing, containment, and joint thinking, which group analysis provides, is very much present, maybe even increasing. This paper will try to answer to the question: are we indeed embracing the fast changing reality in the best way?
In many of our small, median and large groups, in our ongoing workshops, and forums, disrupted matrices are variously manifested and often playfully explored in our group-analytic efforts to learn how to overcome them. Vignettes about those processes from different settings shall be shared in the presentation.