The Anti-group: Destructive Forces in the Group and Their Creative Potential
The 'anti-group' is a major conceptual addition to the theory and practice of group psychotherapy. It comprises the negative, disruptive elements, which threaten to undermine and even destroy the group, but when contained, have the potential to mobilise the group's creative processes. Understanding the 'anti-group' gives therapists new perspectives on the nature of relationships and alternative strategies for managing destructive behaviour.
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Michaels curtains an anecdote
Foulkes contribution A critical appreciation
The concept of the antigroup
Clinical illustrations of the antigroup
Determinants of the antigroup I Regression survival anxiety failures of communication projective identification envy
Determinants of the antigroup II Interpersonal disturbance the primal scene aggression and hatred the death instinct
Technical considerations in dealing with the antigroup
The role of the conductor
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Page i - The International Library of Group Psychotherapy and Group Process General Editor Dr Malcolm Pines Institute of Group Analysis, London, and formerly of the Tavistock Clinic, London The International Library of Group Psychotherapy and Group Process is published in association with the Institute of Group Analysis (London) and is devoted to the systematic study and exploration of group psychotherapy.