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December 1963

The Structure and Dynamics of Organizations and Groups.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1963;9(6):643-644. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1963.01720180115029

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Dr. Berne has written a book which, unlike so many recent ones in the rapidly growing field of group psychology, is not simply a repetition of the scheme and outline of previous authors but a new and creative, individual approach. With a unique sense of humor and a wide range of knowledge, Dr. Berne has brought to the student of group dynamics a refreshing and challenging, if not at times voluminous, mass of conceptualizations. His six basic diagrams for observational study of groups are: (1) location (2) authority (3) structure (4) dynamics (5) imago (6) transitional. Using these general headings he makes an analysis of ailing groups and makes recommendations for their therapy (Chapter 14).

His early chapters have at times a descriptively mechanistic quality which will often leave the psychoanalytically trained psychiatrist and psychoanalyst with a feeling that one loses the interacting, living human beings in the structural

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