In this book, the authors develop the theory of the tripartite matrix, consider music as a form of non-verbal communication as a sub-dimension of the matrix, and present empirical studies of the matrices of peoples in three societies in the Middle East. It aids in the project of group analysis.
Introduction -- Theory -- The concepts of the social unconscious and of the matrix in the work of S. H. Foulkes -- The fluid and the solid—or the dynamic and the static: some further thoughts about the conceptualisation of foundation matrices, processes of the social unconscious, and/or large group identities -- The national habitus: steps towards reintegrating sociology and group analysis -- The inner organisation of the matrix -- Non-Verbal Communication -- The unbearable appeal of totalitarianism and the collective self: an inquiry into the social nature of non-verbal communication -- The musical foundation matrix: communicative musicality as a mechanism for the transmission and elaboration of co-created unconscious social processes -- Empirical Studies of the Social Unconscious and the Dynamic and Foundation Matrices of Middle Eastern Peoples and Societies -- The social unconscious of Israeli Jews: described and analysed by an Israeli living in North America -- “Black holes” as a collective defence against shared fears of annihilation in a small therapy group and in its contextual society -- The social unconscious of the Palestinian people -- “After the last sky”:* Palestine, Palestinians, social memory -- The social unconscious of the Egyptian people: an application of some of the ideas of Bion and Klein -- Fundamental terror of ISIS: the story of a reversed family -- Epilogue
Drawing on the seminal ideas of British, European and American group analysts, psychoanalysts, social psychologists and social scientists, the books in this series focus on the study of small and large groups, organisations and other social systems, and on the study of the transpersonal and transgenerational sociality of human nature. NILGA books will be required reading for the members of professional organisations in the field of group analysis, psychoanalysis, and related social sciences. They will be indispensable for the "formation" of students of psychotherapy, whether they are mainly interested in clinical work with patients or in consultancy to teams and organisational clients within the private and public sectors.