Activity Clinic and Affects in Workplace Conflicts: Transformation through transferential activity
Keywords:affects, instructions to a double, dialogic process, transferential activity, analysis of activity, workplace conflict
AbstractThis paper presents some reflections about an approach in work psychology: the Activity Clinic.
After a brief introduction to the conceptual background of the “Activity Clinic”, it covers three
deeply interconnected themes. The first concerns the meaning attributed to the development of the
affects present in the work situation under analysis; the second discusses the reasons for the
conflicts that are ultimately due to these affects; the third considers how a method of co-analysis
of the activity can lead towards transformation of those conflicts.
Our reflections refer to the process engendered by this methodological approach as one of
“transferential activity”. The paper explains this process by empirically describing the
“transport” of affects involved in the conflicts. The personal interpretation of the cause of
problems gives way to the understanding that they are due to organizational dysfunction rather
than to individual personalities. Measures can then be taken to break the deadlocks experienced
both at the personal and collective level.
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