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By Yvonne M Agazarian, Susan Gantt

Systems-centred perform and its conception are essentially the most very important advancements in workforce psychology within the final 40 years. during this booklet Yvonne Agazarian strains the evolution of her principles and their software to create a meta-theory, the idea of residing human structures.

Autobiography of a concept follows Agazarian as she thinks her means via various phases, making a theoretical heritage for SAVI (System for examining Verbal Interaction), which she built with Anita Simon, constructing a conception of the Invisible team for the publication she wrote with Richard Peters and increasing on current workforce dynamics theories. With contributors of the final structures Committee of the yank staff Psychotherapy organization, she joined the problem of formulating a structures conception for team and arrived at her thought of dwelling human platforms from which she derived the equipment and methods of systems-centred remedy for teams and contributors. This attention-grabbing account of her specialist lifestyles not just files significant advancements in workforce research, but in addition indicates how a thought is formulated from highbrow and private contexts, and the way a theory-based perform is generated.

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3. social systems. I. Gantt, Susan Porter, 1951-II. Title. III. Series. RC488. 89’152’01-dc21 99--056717 British Library Cataloguing in Publication Data Agazarian, Yvonne Autobiography of a theory : developing systems-centered theory 1. Agazarian, Yvonne 2. Social psychology -Philosophy 3. Group psychotherapy 4. Group psychoanalysis I. Title II. Gantt, Susan P. 8’9152 ISBN 1 85302 847 9 Printed and Bound in Great Britain by Athenaeum Press, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear Contents acknowledgements 6 Introduction: Curiosity and Early Musings 7 1 Trying to Make it Make Sense: Change as a Function of Discrimination and Integration 23 2 The First Try at Theory 43 3 Second Theory: Theory of the Invisible Group Bridge Construct of Role between the Individual and the Group 70 4 Theory of the Group-As-A-Whole 102 5 Thinking Systems 142 6 Systems-Centered Practice 173 7 A Theory of Living Human Systems and its Systems-Centered Practice 221 references 255 subject index 263 name index 269 Acknowledgements For my son Jack for his appreciation of theory.

Was my lamb forgiven and placed right up next to baby Jesus? No! With my heart rattling around in my chest I searched for my lamb. Then I caught a glimpse of a little black thing, a black lamb – mine – standing in a corner, with its back to baby Jesus. I remember thinking that my life would always be like that –that I would try and try and try and never get it right, and that God would not help. And then, in a flash, I intuited my first heresy – predestination. Believing God has damned you whether you did anything or not was not really a good solution for a 9-year-old.

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