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A psychodynamic view of the consulting relationship : a case study

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dc.contributor.advisor Cilliers, F. VN. en Bullen, Graham Neil en 2009-08-25T10:57:08Z 2009-08-25T10:57:08Z 2009-08-25T10:57:08Z 2003-06 en
dc.identifier.citation Bullen, Graham Neil (2009) A psychodynamic view of the consulting relationship : a case study, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <> en
dc.description.abstract The focus of this study was the unconscious dynamics in the consultant-client relationship as industrial and organisational psychologists seek to achieve change in client organisational systems. Twelve psychodynamic themes were used to interpret a journal maintained by the consultant throughout one consulting assignment, in an effort to understand the unconscious processes influencing the effectiveness of the consulting relationship. Analysis found that the client system imported the consultant to carry nurturing and healing on behalf of the system, but projected onto and into him the confusion, pain, hostility and incompetence in the system, stripped him of authority and manipulated him out of his role as change agent. The consultant unconsciously accepted the projections, failed to contain the system&#8217;s anxiety, gravitated towards the paranoid-schizoid position and was unable to effect meaningful change. Recommendations where made for the use of this form of psychodynamic analysis as a self-evaluative tool in the consulting context. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (xiv, 173 leaves)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Organizational change en
dc.subject Systems en
dc.subject Basic assumptions en
dc.subject Representivity en
dc.subject Boundary en
dc.subject Role en
dc.subject Anxiety en
dc.subject Consultant-client relationship en
dc.subject Consulting en
dc.subject Psychodynamics en
dc.subject.ddc 658.46019
dc.subject.lcsh Business consultants
dc.subject.lcsh Interpersonal relations -- Psychological aspects
dc.subject.lcsh Organizational change -- Psychological aspects
dc.subject.lcsh Psychology, Industrial
dc.title A psychodynamic view of the consulting relationship : a case study en
dc.type Dissertation en en
dc.description.department Industrial and Organisational Psychology en M.A. en

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