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August 1965

Group Psychotherapy Today.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1965;13(2):191-192. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1965.01730020093015

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This volume is a collection of 32 papers presented at the scientific meetings of the Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society from 1960 through 1963. The reviewer will discuss only illustrative examples because of their number and the limitations of space.

The papers are assembled under five headings. The first is entitled "Training," and is made up, in part, of therapists' account of their own experiences as patients in groups. All the papers stress how much the authors learn about themselves. The evangelistic fervor of the reports, however, lessen their credibility. One paper (Schaefer) describes a "magic moment" in a treatment in which the therapist of this "beloved profession" offered interpretations of dreams which were "works of art." This kind of presentation is of dubious scientific value. The self-reports also illustrate the unfortunate propensity of some group therapists to share their pathology with their group rather than take

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