29th April 2017


Date & Time: 2-5pm, Saturday 29th April 2017

Registration: from 1.30pm

Venue: AGIP (Association of Group and Individual Psychotherapy), 1 Fairbridge Rd, London N19 3EW

AGIP is 10 minutes by tube from King’s Cross and then a short walk from Archway station.

This reflective workshop, led by Paul Hoggett, will explore the nature of performance management regimes in modern organisations and their impact on the morale of the contemporary workforce. It will provide opportunities to explore the specific nature of shame, its links to narcissism and the experience of failure. It will ask what alternatives there are to shame-based approaches to productivity.

Unlike guilt, which is concerned with what we do, shame is concerned with who we are and, specifically, with the feeling that we are simply not good enough.  Shame has long been central to the psychic injuries of class-based, racial and other oppressions but has it now also become integral to the exercise of control over the educated workforce? Has a gnawing, semi-permanent feeling of failure and inadequacy become the consequence of performance-based organisational regimes?


Paul Hoggett will introduce the topic of shame and situate it within the organisational setting. This will provide a basis from which to engage in a joint reflection on where and why shame might emerge in organisational life and what its dynamics might be. Breakout groups will follow to delve further into the theme as it emerges and to consider its application within our practice, be that as organisational managers/leaders or consultants.

Paul Hoggett is Emeritus Professor of Social Policy at the University of the West of England and a psychoanalytic psychotherapist. He was the founder editor of the OPUS journal Organisational & Social Dynamics and is an OPUS Fellow. His last book was Politics, Identity and Emotion (Continuum, 2009).