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The walls within: working with defenses against otherness

Online Conference 5-11 July 2021

Social Defenses and 21st Century Organizations: A tribute to the contribution of Isabel Menzies Lyth

The author addresses the concept of social defences as originated by Isabel Menzies Lyth. He reviews the origin and development of the concept, discusses some of the challenges encountered in using it in the service of meaningful change, and finally highlights some features of emerging 21st century organizations that are well suited for social defence analysis.