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Rose, S. (1952). Some Advantages of Group Analysis. Am. J. Psychoanal., 12(1):79-80.

(1952). American Journal of Psychoanalysis, 12(1):79-80

Some Advantages of Group Analysis

Sidney Rose

Certain facets of the analytical process occur more easily in the group analytical situation. The group setting confronts the individual with a new situation which is constantly changing and to which he is always reacting. Certain aspects of an individual's character will be more easily exposed in the group situation and others will be obscured. One can see the many ways in which neurotic needs are expressed in the group situation, how each individual is made aware of these needs in the group, how he reacts to this awareness, and how the group encourages acceptance of these insights.

The group is particularly valuable in bringing out the consequences of neurotic behavior, especially the aggressive type. The frictions that arise as the neurotic needs of each individual impinge on the group and each other, the likes and dislikes for each other were used as a way of exploring the intrapsychic dynamisms of each individual.

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