Self Experiences in Group: Intersubjective and Self Psychological Pathways to Human Understanding (International Library of Group Analysis)

Self Experiences in Group: Intersubjective and Self Psychological Pathways to Human Understanding (International Library of Group Analysis)

By: Irene Harwood (editor), Malcolm Pines (editor)Paperback

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'This book is an important introduction to the theory and practice of adapting self psychology ideas to the analytic group setting.' - Group Analysis, The Journal of Group-Analytic Psychotherapy 'Harwood, who is from the United States, comes together with Pines, who is from England, to edit this well-organised and well-written book... This book has an intimacy to it. One gets the feeling that the authors are a group unto themselves. They quote each other and influence one another, despite their coming from the United States, Italy, Norway and England. they are bold contributers to modern self-psychology who take on Freud, Kohut, Stolorow and others inculding themselves... As a woman, Irene Harwood's perspective is refreshing. One is immersed in hearing about Freud and Kohut and how they practive in their office. Then on to Stolorow, Lachmann, and other men who are doing dyadic therapy. Dr Harwood brings the reader into the real world of working moms and child-care workers, other cultures where the extended family presides, and to war, where traumas take place and reperation does not happen therapists' offices.' - The International Journal of Group Psychotherapy 'This is the first book published which has attempted to apply the self-psychology of Kohut to group psychotherapy. With a distinguished selection of international contributors the authors discuss the application of the basic theory to the realities of current group pschotherapy ppractice. A succinct chapter by Harwood outlines the elements of self-psychology and how these have developed and been modified in recent years. She also demonstrates by reference to clinical vignettes how the group is a rich setting for the exploration of self-psychology concepts. An important chapter by Silvers on the co-therapy model stresses the value of introducing various aspects of co-therapy which allow for examination of the multiple-selves and the relationships to significant others in the network of successive care-givers. The book is one of a series in the recently introduced International Library Of Group Analysis. I cannot reccomend it too highly for its clarity and the depth of its intellectual understanding on the topic.' - British Journal Of Psychiatry 'The first collection of papers dedicated to linking the ideas of self psychology with the practice of group psychotherapy... a very good introduction to this topic. It covers an interesting range of topics: Kohut's own views, intersubjectivity, group self, infant research, the notion of cure, the relationship between self psychology and group analysis, among others. Newcomers to the field of groups will find good starting points (especially in the chapter by Pines), while experienced practitioners will find much to be stimulated by in the rest... Those of you with an interest in group psychotherapy should familiarise yourselves with its content.' - Psychoanalytic Studies Using clinical examples, the contributors demonstrate the 'good enough' healing power of carefully constructed and supervised groups conducted by therapists who apply both Kohut's self psychological concepts and those currently evolving from intersubjectivity throughout the world. Among the topics covered in this volume are: the recent advances in hermeneutics, self psychology and intersubjectivity theory the universal need for a group object Kohut's thinking on archaic and mature twinship the applicability of new infant research the need to examine early childhood multiple cross-cultural selfobject and traumatic experiences within transferences the utilization of a co-therapy model and how to create optimal group environments. Mixing new theoretical developments with clinical research and practice, Self Experiences in Group breaks new ground and illustrates how these concepts can be applied to work at infant, child or adult level.

About Author

Irene N H Harwood is the co-founder of the Society for the Study of the Self and holds a joint Assistant Clinical Professorship at the University of California, Los Angeles, and at the Veterans Administration in the Department of Psychiatry. In addition, she is on the Los Angeles Group Psychotherapy Society Board representing public education; she teaches Group at the Extension Division of the Southern California Psychoanalytic Institute; and she consults in and practises analytic cross-cultural psychotherapy. Malcolm Pines is a psychiatrist, psychoanalyst and group therapist and is based at the Group-Analytic Practice in London. He is past President of the International Association of Group Psychotherapy and former Consultant at the Tavistock Clinic. He is the editor of the International Library of Group Analysis series and author of Circular Reflections: Selected Papers on Group Analysis and Psychoanalysis, published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.


Foreword, Robert D. Stolorow, Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis, Los Angeles. Preface, Irene N.H. Harwood. Acknowledgements. Introduction, Ernest Wolf, Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis. 1. A Consideration of Kohut's views on group psychotherapy, Frederic Arensberg, Postgraduate Center for Mental Health, New York. 2. The self as a group: the group as a self, Malcolm Pines. 3. Advances in group psychotherapy and self psychology: an intersubjective approach, Irene N.H. Harwood. 4 Intersubjectivity in archaic and mature twinship in group psychotherapy, Emanuel Shapiro, Postgraduate Center for Mental Health, New York. 5. Harvest of fire: archaic twinship and fundamental conflict within a community and in group therapy, Martin S. Livingston, New York Institute for Psychoanalytic Self-Psychology. 6. How does group psychotherapy Cure? A reconceptualization of the group process: from self psychology to the intersubjective perspective, Franco Paparo, Psychiatric Public Hospital and Gianni Nebbiosi, Institute for the P~sychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity, Rome. 7. The group self, empathy, intersubjectivity and hermeneutics: a group analytic perspective, Sigmund W Rarterud, University of Oslo. 8. Infant research and intersubjective responsiveness in group therapy, Joan Schain- West California Institute for Clinical Social Work. 9. Examining early childhood multiple cross-cultural extended selfobject and traumatic experiences and creating optimum treatment environments, Irene N.H. Harwood. 10. A multiple selfobject and traumatizing experiences: co-therapy model at work, Damon L. Silvers, Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy, Washington, DC. 11. Motivational Systems and group object theory: implications for group therapy, Rosemary A. Segalla, Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy. 12. Can group analysis/psychotherapy provide a wide angle lens for self psychology? Irene N.H. Harwood. 13. Notes on optimal responsiveness in the group process, Howard A. Bacal, Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis, Los Angeles. List of Contributors. Subject Index.

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  • ISBN13: 9781853025976
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 192
  • ID: 9781853025976
  • weight: 281
  • ISBN10: 1853025976

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