By Dennie Briggs
Starting with their first assembly in 1956 and finishing with Maxwell Jones' demise in 1990, A lifestyles good Lived follows the expansion of a friendship among key figures in social psychiatry and tracks the evolution of healing groups from their experimental beginnings to the verified practices that exist at the present time. As a detailed good friend and widespread collaborator, Briggs is ready to recount intimately Jones' progressive paintings in psychological hospitals, prisons, groups and colleges, and provides an extraordinary and fascinating perception into the brain of 1 of an important pioneers within the healing group box.
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I excused myself and took a seat at the back of the room from which vantage point I could observe the audience. Of course, everyone took the lecture very seriously—you came to expect that—god forbid they should enjoy themselves! Nevertheless, Max was disappointed by the lack of response to his requests for involvement and he was becoming impatient. He continuously shifted about; his pronunciation was clipped, almost brusque. He looked through the faces and then directly at me. “Ladies and gentlemen,” he rose and pointed, “I would like to introduce a distinguished psychologist who is sitting in the back row in disguise.
They needed to do so much to this prison just to make it more humane. I thought that working in such conditions must be soul-destroying and that everyone would welcome change—if only to alleviate the tension between prisoners and guards. But no one—including the warden—seemed to be much interested. We both left feeling depressed. Early the next morning, Max sent for me. He’d been up for several hours and had papers and books piled all over his desk. ” But rather than simply dwelling on its ugliness, he THE 1960S 37 had gotten out all his reports on projects in prisons including the original paper of Doug Grant’s (where he had presented the idea of using prisons as self-study laboratories).
The radicals I’d hoped to see along the streets were nowhere to be found: it was still vacation time and another few weeks would pass before the Latin Quarter would take on its hectic atmosphere again. Then I journeyed to the south of France for the rest of the month. I phoned Max when I returned to London to tell him I was ready to go to work. ” On his advice, I broke my journey with an overnight stay in York. The city, he said, would prepare me for British culture. Perhaps after the free and easy life in Provence, even Paris would have seemed a bit confining; but the narrow twelfth-century streets of York were somber and containing.
A Life Well Lived: Maxwell Jones - A Memoir (Community, Culture and Change) by Dennie Briggs