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Feder, S. (1973). Motivational Factors in Self-Referral to Experiential Groups. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 21:851-866.

(1973). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 21:851-866

Motivational Factors in Self-Referral to Experiential Groups

Stuart Feder, M.D.


Using the psychoanalytic method as an investigative technique, four cases are presented to show the range of intrapsychic factors motivating individuals to join experiential groups. The details of

group choice were congruent with themes developed in the analyses. Conscious and unconscious factors operating in the service of both wish and defense are summarized and discussed. The problem of acting out is considered, with specific reference to the transference and to environmental, extrapsychic forces which may induce, facilitate, and sanction acting-out behavior.

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