November 1966

The Structure and Dynamics of Groups and Organizations.

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By Eric Berne, MD. Price, $2.45. Pp 260. Grove Press, Inc., 80 University Place, New York 10003, 1966.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1966;15(5):557-558. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1966.01730170109021

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Psychiatrists in general have made little use of the knowledge gained through the study of group dynamics. Trained in a dyadic approach, there appears to be an inclination to perceive patients in group therapy as a constant series of individuals rather than as a functioning or dysfunctioning whole. Group psychotherapy or analysis in this instance might better be described as the psychotherapy or analysis of individuals in a group. A good many therapists also continue to base their interpretations of group behavior or phenomena on Freud's speculations in Group Psychology and the Analysis of the Ego. These practices have limited the possibly valuable contribution psychiatry might make to the field of group dynamics. Rosenbaum and Berger in Group Psychotherapy and Group Function have pointed out the waste due to the lack of communication between the social science researcher and the group therapist practioner.

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