Examining recalled dreams with many others in a Social Dreaming Matrix leads to the transformation of the thinking embedded in the dreams. There are infinite meanings to a dream by regarding the dream as an unconscious product of cultural knowledge, not as an expression of the psyche exclusively, opening new possibilities of thinking.
When the individual unconscious resonates, or reverberates, with others in the Matrix the infinite becomes accessible. Being in the infinite is the mental space where new thinking happens.
It is the space in which the dream is regarded as an object by taking a global perspective, and giving one’s total attention to it, as if it had never existed before. All the finite knowledge of civilisation begins from having the experience of being in infinity, through the awareness of the unconscious with its time-less and place-less qualities, its symbolism, and its paradoxes.
‘Dwelling in possibility Gordon Lawrence has again created a unique global collection of thinkers and their work. Developing the theory of Social Dreaming and applying it to the life of persons, their organisations and societies. This hopeful book expands the boundaries of psychoanalysis and group analysis.’ - Earl Hopper, PhD; Psychoanalyst, Supervisor and training analyst for The Institute of Group Analysis, The British Association of Psychotherapists and The London Centre for Psychotherapy
‘By reading this book I was taken on an exciting, at times mysterious mental journey. Gordon Lawrence's bright idea, his discovery of Social Dreaming, leads us to Bion's “O” experience; it is remarkable that this straightforward simple method can,as Bachelard has said, “touch the depth without stirring the surface”. Our social unconscious matrix is a powerful resource for exploring and revealing social, institutional and organisational life. Our unconscious is beautifully exemplified by these international authors.’ - Malcolm Pines, Former Consultant at the Tavistock Clinic, Past President of the International Association of Group Psychotherapy
‘Social Dreaming has come of age. This book reveals its confident application to a wide range of settings and issues, its practical relevance to our lives in organizations and in society. The essays collected here show its wide dissemination, from England and America to Italy and Spain, from Australia and South Africa to Israel, Germany, and Austria. It also illustrates how accessible it is to people with an astonishing range of different backgrounds, from highly trained professionals, business executives, and local officials to dispossessed refugees and to the struggling inhabitants of strife-torn communities. And, once again, for all of us, this book shows how restoring dreams to their deeper and broader social context allows them to shine with a greater luminosity and shed a clear light on our common conflicts and dilemmas.’ - Ken Eisold, Past President, ISPSO; Founder, Past Director, Organizational Program, William Alanson White Institute
Infinite Possibilities of Social Dreaming by Gordon Lawrence
‘There is nothing more worth fighting for’: Social Dreaming with Social Democrats in Austria by Burkard Sievers
The Dreaming Soldier by Hanna Biran
Life in Israel 1988-2004: Associations, Thoughts and Reflections on Social Dreaming by Verred Amitzi
Social Dreaming and the Birth of South Africa’s Democracy by Herbert Hahn
“Vous êtes embarque”: Social Dreaming with a Group of Political Refugees in Italy by Donatella Ortona, Eleonora Planera, Laura Selvaggi
Icons of the Social Dream: Experiences at the University of L’Aquila, Italy by Marinelli and R. Girelli
Shedding Light on Organisational Shadows by Helen Morgan
Social Dreaming at the Jung Conference by Peter Tatham
‘You Must Not Be Dreaming!’ How Social Dreaming May Help Us Wake Up by Thomas A. Michael
‘Don’t Explain, Just Go’: The Creative Process and Social Dreaming by Ali Zarbafi, John Clare and Gordon Lawrence
The Organisation as a Container for Dreams by Alastair Bain
The Dream Reflection Group by Gordon Lawrence
Creative Role Synthesis by Gordon Lawrence
The Sphinx Looks at the Individual: Creative Role Synthesis by Franca Fubini
About the Editor
Dr Gordon Lawrence is a MA (Aberd.), Dr rer oec (Bergische), and is a managing partner of Social Dreaming Ltd, London. He is a visiting professor at the University of Northumberland, Newcastle, the New Bulgarian University, Sofia, and at La Sapienza, the University of Rome. Formerly, he held a visiting professorship at Cranfield University, Bedford. He is on the editorial board of Free Associations (UK), Freie Assoziation (Germany) and Organizational and Social Dynamics (UK). He is a a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Socio-Analysis and a Distinguished Member of the International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations.