Webinar: Social dreaming


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➤ From early on the seating of the Matrix has tended to be clustered in a
pattern that represents a star like shape, a bit like a snow flake seen
under a microscope, in which all the chairs are linked, but ordered in
a pattern facing into the centre of the room.

➤ One might think of this arrangement as corresponding to and evoking
what the British psychoanalyst, Donald Winnicott, referred to as the
capacity to ‘be alone in the presence of others.’

➤ Both functions are represented through the role of ‘host’, a term
deliberately chosen to avoid the cluster of associations linked to
‘consultant’, ‘conductor’,’facilitator’ etc. There are usually 2 or more
hosts within a Matrix, one of whom may also take responsibility for
recording the dream sequence.

➤ The role of host is, in the first place to manage the boundaries of the
Matrix, time, task, confidentiality, safety from intrusion and in the
second place to offer, through their practice, leadership in
exemplifying and respecting the boundaries of task and process, eg
including, as described earlier, maintaining the distinction between
‘matrix’ and ‘group’ and between ‘interpretation’ and
‘formulation’, that is, the emerging patterning of the material, the
links and connections opening out from the sequence of narrative and

➤ The dreams shared are seen as objects existing in their own right

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