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Journal Article

Group as a Psychoneurobiological Regulator

Fran Weiss
Vol. 38, No. 1 (Spring 2014), pp. 7-28
DOI: 10.13186/group.38.1.0007
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Page Count: 22
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Group as a Psychoneurobiological Regulator
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Group as a psychoneurobiological regulator is a new concept, demonstrating the regulatory mechanisms of group from an embodied or somatic neurobiological basis. In group, as in individual work, we focus on the words, being able to explain and translate meaning. Communication occurs through the explicit exchange of words. However, what is becoming more apparent is that interpersonal communication is preempted by the implicit, which is read in nonwords. The newer work of Schore and Tronick focuses on the implicit realm of the exchange. Siegel's work demonstrates how the flow of energy and information gets translated. Ogden's work demonstrates a particular sensorimotor embodied approach that works with trauma and attachment trauma. This article demonstrates how the group can act as a psychoneurobiological regulator by examining the process of a moment-to-moment (in vivo experience) freeze-frame of a rupture–repair sequence in group.

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