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 the 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.