January 1963

Psychoanalysis in Groups.

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By Alexander Wolf, M.D., and Emanuel K. Schwartz, Ph.D. Price, $8. Pp 311, with no illustrations. Grune & Stratton, Inc., 381 Park Ave. South, New York 16, 1962.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1963;8(1):105-106. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1963.01720070107014

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In this book Wolf and Schwartz describe an approach to group therapy which they have developed out of a number of years' experience in applying psychoanalytic theory and practice to treating patients in groups. They start from the premise that a traditional psychoanalytic approach is the treatment of choice, but that the group offers certain advantages over the more usual two-person analytic situation. Their efforts to apply psychoanalytic procedures in groups have led them to the development of a particular therapeutic style and to the adoption of certain innovations. The latter include individual preparatory sessions, sometimes quite extended; alternate sessions in which the patients meet without the therapist; and the practice of temporarily removing patients from the group for individual sessions.

In their first paragraph the authors say "The techniques, employed in a group setting, emphasize dream interpretation, free association, the analysis of resistance, transference and counter-transference." More specifically, the

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