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SELF PSYCHOLOGY AND GROUP THERAPY

Deborah Weinstein and Deborah Weinsten
Group
Vol. 11, No. 3 (Fall 1987), pp. 144-154
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/41718437
Page Count: 11
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Abstract

This paper illustrates how the theories of Heinz Kohut elucidate the curative aspects of group treatment. Group therapy is an ideal milieu in which mirroring, idealizing and alterego transferences can be experienced and worked through. Transmuting internalizations, or psychic structure building, occur when optimal frustration of these needs can be provided by available selfobjects. In group therapy a patient can use the group-as-a-whole, the individual members as well as the leader as potential selfobjects. With the help of individual sessions to reflect on group encounters, a patient can gain a more fully integrated therapeutic experience.

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