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Ring of Fire : Primitive affects and object relations in group Psychotherapy - Malcolm Pines

Ring of Fire

Primitive affects and object relations in group Psychotherapy

By: Malcolm Pines (Editor), Victor Schermer (Editor)

Paperback Published: 2nd June 1994
ISBN: 9780415066822
Number Of Pages: 328

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"Ring of Fire" brings together a collection of original contributions to an understanding of primitive object relations and intensely critical emotional states which present the maximum challenge to the group psychotherapist: the "ring of fire." The international contributors, based primarily in the US and UK, address the areas of their special interest to which they have devoted considerable research and therapeutic effort. They provide insights into the dynamics of these issues and guide the therapist in the management and interpretation of the groups' events as they unfold. While much has been written on primitive group states, the information is scattered throughout many journals and books and all too often does not address the practical problems faced by the group therapist. Furthermore, there have been significant developments in affect theory and object relations theory which have yet to be assimilated sufficiently into the theory and technique of group psychotherapy. This book attempts to reduce that gap as it concentrates on the relevance of concepts to treatment.
"Ring of Fire" will be invaluable to group psychotherapy supervisors, beginning and experienced group therapists, students and supervisors of group psychotherapy and group dynamics, and organizational consultants who utilize group dynamic principles in their work.

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..."the contributors have succeeded in addressing complex and difficult therapeutic issues in lively, humane and remarkably accessible styles. ... The editors have assembled a collection of papers here that dignify the client and engage the reader." -"Transactional Analysis Journal "Schermer has provided an escellent overview for and analysis to this very interesting book. Students of group psychotherapy wil benefit from his remarkable achievement in giving the readers a guided tour and critique of theoretical constructs used in "Ring of Fire." -"International Journal of Group Psychotherapy

Forewordp. ix
An Editorial Introductionp. 1
Between Theory and Practice, Light and Heatp. 9
The Phases of Group Development and the Systems-Centred Groupp. 36
Attacks on the Reflective Spacep. 86
Bion's Post-Experiences in Groups Thinking on Groupsp. 107
Borderline Phenomena in Analytic Groupsp. 128
Group Thanatropicsp. 149
Therapeutic Responses to the Expression of Aggression by Members in Groupsp. 174
Utilizing Co-Therapy in the Group Treatment of Borderline and Narcissistic Patientsp. 198
Intensive Group and Social Systems Treatment of Psychotic and Borderline Patientsp. 240
Glacial Times in Psychotic Regressionp. 275
Author Indexp. 308
Subject Indexp. 312
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ISBN: 9780415066822
ISBN-10: 0415066824
Series: International Library of Group Psychotherapy and Group Proce
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 328
Published: 2nd June 1994
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.89  x 2.87
Weight (kg): 0.44
Edition Number: 1

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