Inspirational walk St Dunstans in the East

We all know the route we take every day to work; we know what corner to turn and what road to cross. We know what line to take and what change to make as we reluctantly descend the escalators where we cram onto a literal tube filled with people we don’t know yet hate even before we see their faces. However, maybe we didn’t know that our favourite pub to go for drinks with colleagues is actually the oldest pub in town […]

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‘The anxiety about Hair.’
summer sunflowers

A response from Karen Izod, consultant, coaching practitioner, and professional partner of the Tavistock Institute.

I was fascinated to hear of these ‘object relations’ cards. I remember them well, they formed part of the selection process when I applied to do the clinical social work training at the Tavistock Clinic in 1983 which began what is now a long relationship with both the Clinic and the Institute. We had about 2 minutes per card to write an associative narrative to the shapes and shadows that we saw in them. The whole process took about 30 minutes […]

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‘Oh, why doesn’t someone make more plain chocolate biscuits?’

The single most significant development of my relationship with The Tavistock Institute of Human Relations was the discovery of an area of psychological theory known as Object Relations. I don’t know when I first heard the term but it began to mean something for me when I attended a Group Relations Conference in Israel […]

This video is a record of the early project, when we began to uncover and make sense of the archival material in its then distant and inaccessible location: a large storage facility on the edge of the river Thames in Woolwich. It shows the excitement emerging among the project team and other members of TIHR […]