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Interpersonal conflict in group therapy: An object relations perspective

Author(s): Gordon, R. M.

Journal/Book: Group. 1996; 20: 233 Spring St, New York, NY 10013-1578. Human Sci Press Inc. 303-311.

Abstract: The aim of this paper is to demonstrate how object relations theory can be used to understand and regulate interpersonal conflict in group psychotherapy. Such concepts as projective identification, intersubjectivity and the analytic third are used to describe how conflict emerges in group psychotherapy and how it can be worked through. Case material is also provided to illustrate concepts and techniques in promoting a group's transition from a paranoid/schizoid to a depressive position. Positive aspects of the concept of projective identification are discussed including its use as a form of communication, a method of reducing anxiety and reintegrating previously dangerous and threatening aspects of the self.

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Keyword(s): group conflict; intersubjectivity; projective identification; analytic third

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