By Andrew Cooper, Julian Lousada
Which "forms of feeling" are facilitated and which discouraged in the cultures and buildings of contemporary kingdom welfare? This publication illuminates the social and psychic dynamics of those new public cultures of welfare, finding them relating to our knowing of borderline states of brain in participants, enterprises, and society. Drawing upon their inspiration of a psychoanalytic sensibility rooted in Wilfred Bion's concept of "learning from experience", the authors goal to entry the recent constructions of feeling now taking form in commercialized and commodified wellbeing and fitness and social care platforms. Integrating their reflections on scientific paintings with sufferers, consultancy with public area organisations, political research, and the culture of staff relatives education, they provide a wide-ranging viewpoint on how modern social anxieties are controlled inside glossy public welfare. Our collective fight with fears of dependency and loss, and the calls for of dwelling and dealing in an inter-dependent "networked" global provide upward thrust to clean demanding situations to our skill to keep up intensity emotional engagements in welfare settings.
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863). In borderline states there is not the radical rupture with psychic reality that is involved in psychotic states. Relationships can appear to be conducted on fairly normal lines, but efforts at increased intimacy fail and emotional contact remains at best “thin”. Because Cooper/correx 10/4/05 11:07 AM 34 111 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 1 2 3 4 5 6 711 8 9 20 1 2 3 4 511 6 7 8 9 311 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 911 Page 34 BORDERLINE WELFARE there is no real mental space or emotional capaciousness through which a deeper or more complex engagement can be achieved, people and relationships may have a two dimensional, “as-if” or false quality about them.
What emotional response do they tend to elicit in us? In turn, how do such agents or agencies seem to respond affectively to our communications? What conceptions and possibilities for social and personal relationship are encouraged or discouraged by certain discourses of policy? And from this kind of reflective stance, what can we learn about the particular psycho-social character of our “lived” welfare environment; and especially, what forms of relationship we are being invited to engage in, and what forms not?
This gives rise in turn to frantic efforts to evade contact or intimacy, resulting in equally acute fears of isolation or abandonment. These are processes occurring in the internal world, but also with respect Cooper/correx 10/4/05 11:07 AM Page 33 BORDERLINE STATES OF MIND AND SOCIETY 111 2 3 4 5 6 711 8 9 10 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 211 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 30 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 911 33 to other people in the external world who become ensnared in the powerful projective identifications that are the main mechanism of defence.