This website is dedicated to the work of Trigant Burrow and his followers, who were members of The Lifwynn Foundation.
established in 1927 by Burrow and was the setting for an on-going
community of inquiry into the nature of what Burrow called the "Social
Neurosis. To Burrow, our problems are
not individual but collective. We
are an organism that has fallen ill.
was an early
American psychoanalyst who introduced group analysis in
nineteen-twenties Group analysis was
forerunner of group therapy
and other group approaches. It is also called Social
Self-Inquiry (see link above).
also a scientific investigation of the causes of human conflict and
in which the feelings and motivations of the investigators provided
the material to be
investigated. Burrow and his co-workers recognized that the societal
they were examining was embodied in themselves as individuals and
as a group. They developed the ability to
observe the disorder within their
owninterrelational processes, and find a healing response within the
1926 Burrow founded the Lifwynn Foundation for
Laboratory Research in
Analytic and Social Psychiatry and published his first major
Social Basis of Consciousness. Until his death Burrow acted
as the research
director for the foundation and devoted particular attention to the
physiological substructures of harmonious and rivaling participants
groups and societies, but also between states. His methods for
electrical activity of the brain in connection with specific eye
led some to call him the father
of neuropsychotherapy and trauma
The Lifwynn Foundation was terminated.
the last decade, the TLF Board of
Directors became a small, dispersed global network, occasionally
collaborative conferences informed by the research tradition developed
Trigant Burrow. A
model for this sort of
research was a 1990 four-day experiential inquiry into addiction as a
socio-cultural phenomenon. Many
research topics have been explored over the years.
Board met regularly through conference
calls and email correspondence to continue the process Burrow called
Self Inquiry.” For
us, this work
increasingly involved studying the impact of cybernetic consciousness
own organization. We
have become one
world through technological revolution, and this has been a factor in
fragmentation of social reality into warring fundamentalisms.
the “other” dominate an aggressive and divisive global consciousness.
considered ourselves to be part of this process.
the last several years it became clear
to us that maintaining the traditional structure and Bylaws of TLF in
digital age was no longer viable.
we attempted to reform our Bylaws, we concluded that under the
were no longer able to conduct the sort of research Burrow practiced
depended on regular experience of face-to-face community. And so we
website will continue, however, as an
historical record of TLF activities, its members’ writings, and other
to carry forward Burrow’s profound contributions to our understanding
neurosis, and how to achieve social sanity.