September 1966

The Structure and Dynamics of Organizations and Groups.

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By Eric Berne, MD. Price, $2.45. Pp 260, with 37 illustrations. Grove Press, Inc., 80 University Pl, New York, NY 10003, 1966.

Arch Intern Med. 1966;118(3):288. doi:10.1001/archinte.1966.00290150102024

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Groups in psychotherapy are a symbol, replica, substitute or surrogate of a sector of society—such as a family—from an individual's viewpoint. Though they are contrived or structured entities, groups are ubiquitous units: many of their functions and attributes are found in other social aggregates as classrooms, study or social groups, hospitals, even business organizations. Interpersonal relationships, with their special variants, apply to all social aggregates and such relationships are the framework of all groups.

This book is stated to offer a systematic framework for the therapy of ailing groups or organizations—such as hospitals or therapy groups. It considers details of (a) a single group, (b) the group model and its dynamics, (c) the individual in relationship to a group, and (d) information for group therapists applicable to social psychiatry. Within these subdivisions the dynamics, structures, functions, sociological and cultural factors of groups are explored and evaluated. A number of chapters

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