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The walls within: working with defenses against otherness

Online Conference 5-11 July 2021

Intimacy And Detachment - Working Relationships In A Temporary Institution

Professional relationships are built in a specific setting, in a work environment. On Group Relations events, the connection is defined by the temporary nature of the institution, and effects on the speed and intensity of the interactions. The experience of a closed and often intense series of events alters the time and space boundaries. People develop a new way of relating that is both close, and attenuated in the same environment This chapter will address the influences on those relationships. It will consider the degree of working intimacy that develops in GR events, and make a link to professional relationships in project teams within working organisations .There are connections to theories .e.g. attachment and child development about loss and change . These will add another perspective on Belgirate and the work in both temporary and permanent Institutions.