Dreams in Group Psychotherapy: Theory and Technique

Dreams in Group Psychotherapy: Theory and Technique

Dreams in Group Psychotherapy: Theory and Technique

Dreams in Group Psychotherapy: Theory and Technique

Synopsis

This state-of-the-art text explores the major theoretical systems for understanding group therapy patients' dreams as well as describing different psychological schools and their approaches to the technical issues of group dream therapy.

Excerpt

This book edited by three eminent group psychotherapists – Robi Friedman, Claudio Neri and Malcolm Pines – is the most integrated text on ‘dreams’ that has, as yet, been published. Its depth and richness lies in the diverse frameworks in which dreams are conceptualised by eighteen authors coming from seven different countries.

A dream being a transient encounter by the dreamer of his or her repressed wishes, fears, hopes, inhibitions and conflicts provides a fertile soil for exploring not only the unconscious of the dreamer, but also the ‘here and now’ setting in which the dream is presented.

How the group, along with its conductor, is able to recognise, hold, contain and respond to the raw emotions expressed in a dream, along with the transference of the dreamer to the group, is an art in its own right. Such work is actualised only after years of experience and a very sound underlying theoretical framework.

This book, in providing innumerable examples of this, has reached far beyond the primary aim described by its very modest title ‘Dreams in Group Psychotherapy: Theory and Technique’.

Dr Sabar Rustomjee

President, International Association of Group Psychotherapists

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