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 groupobject; 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.
--from the publisher
Table of Contents
Foreword, Robert D. Stolorow, Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis, Los Angeles.
Preface, Irene N.H. Harwood.
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 Psychoanalytic 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 groupobject 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.