The Unconscious at Work
The two-day TRAINING PROGRAM “The Unconscious at Work” offers an introduction to adopting a psychodynamic mindset in workplace relationships. You will leave the training with an improved knowledge of human nature and a better sense of how your own workplace functions.
The UNCONSIOUS AT WORK PROGRAM will take place in German on Friday, 24.05. from 1.30pm to 7pm and on Saturday, 25.05.2019 from 9am to 4pm at MIND Institute SE , Werderschen Markt 12 in Berlin Mitte.
On the usefulness of the psychodynamic perspective in the workplace.
Even at maximum effort, the performance of individuals or entire teams is often inhibited. If logic and cognition fail, it helps to go in search of the unconscious. To this end, we impart the latest practice-based knowledge from psychoanalytic research, and you’ll learn which mechanisms are most effective in relationships between colleagues, customers, friends and partners. You’ll hone your instinct for different levels of interaction, and find out what it can mean to think psychodynamically about yourself and your work.
Behind The Scenes:
Introduction to non-verbal communication.
The first sentence uttered in a meeting, the encounter with your manager, a heated exchange with a colleague – there is more to every situation than is apparent at first glance. After attending this workshop, you will be better able to pick up on non-verbal signals and what is really going in everyday interactions and conflicts or in situations that seem incomprehensible.
with Prof. Dr. Kretschmar
What is “The Unconscious at Work” programme about?
Customers don’t buy. Your colleagues seem to prefer doing anything but their actual work. Investors withdraw… Whenever something goes wrong in our day-to-day work life, the unconscious is invariably involved. It cannot be controlled and yet influences our perception, thoughts and actions to a significant degree. If you can understand the unconscious dynamics behind everyday situations, you will be at a clear advantage when logic and cognition fail. Imagine someone says, “I want to work with you.” This sentence will always sound a little different depending on whether this person is independent, competitive or suspicious, or if they need reassurance or tend to shun responsibility. And you will also interpret the sentence differently depending on how you are as a listener. The unconscious of the person talking to you and the unconscious within you enmesh and develop a dynamic of their own almost instantaneously. And this dynamic is unique for both conversation partners and entirely independent of the actual words that are being spoken.
So psychoanalysis offers an new perspective?
Psychoanalysis is essentially concerned with making the unconscious conscious, so that a better solution can be found to the issue at hand. Attention is paid to what is said, but also to how the unconscious indirectly manifests itself in the interaction – in the form of slips of the tongue, spontaneous utterances, repetitions, resistance, scenes and the transfer of role expectations to the conversation partner.
Who is the program for?
The program is a basic module, i.e. for everyone who likes to gain a different and deeper understanding of business relationships and mould them accordingly. This might include managers, freelancers and project managers as well as HR managers and consultants, or decision makers in politics or the arts. No prior knowledge is required to participate in this course.
How can the program improve my working day?
You’ll become more confident in dealing with uncertain and threatening situations. Your relationship with business partners, managers, colleagues and employees will deepen and the bond with people who are important to you in your professional life will be strengthened. If you can recognise the unconscious dynamics, you will be able to address them or to incorporate the knowledge into your work-related decisions. This gives you greater scope to exert influence and you will see yourself as a more effective individual.
Prof. Dr. Thomas Kretschmar