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December 1946

Group Psychotherapy: Theory and Practice.

Arch NeurPsych. 1946;56(6):741. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1946.02300230135016

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In a field still so fluid and experimental, new books and publications are inevitable. This book has, however, the merit of attempting to lay a theoretic basis for the practice of group psychotherapy, now so popular as a result of military experience. This basis the author finds in the cultural and social heredity of man. He accepts the Cooley-Mead-Dewey-Faris theory of personality, as expressed in Kingsley Davis' dictum that "human nature is determined by the child's communicosocial contacts as much as by his organic equipment." Mental disorder from this standpoint may be described in terms of a breakdown in the regulators of social existence. "To integrate them again with the body of the psyche... would seem most feasible in the kind of medium where they had their birth." This leads naturally into a discussion of the problems of group transferences and interactions in relation to the dynamics of therapy.