The Large Group: Dynamics and Therapy

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3. Threats to identity in the large group
A study in the phenomenology of the individual's experiences of changing membership status in a large group 1

Pierre Turquet


Definition of a large group as a context for study

This paper seeks to describe a consultant's personal experience of working with groups of 40-80 people, and attempts to explicate some of the phenomena which lie behind the structures usually deployed in such groups, such as chairman, rules and procedures, and fixed topics for debate. What I have to say about these experiences is in the nature of a construct and as such is personal.

I have participated in 'large groups' almost from their inception at the Leicester Conferences for the study of group relations, sponsored since 1957 by the Centre for Applied Social Research, Tavistock Institute of Human Relations. In Learning for Leadership A. K. Riceart2 recalled how the plenaries (i.e. meetings of the total conference membership and staff called to review and examine the conference as an institution), at these early conferences, were impeded in their work by an upsurge of incomprehensible forces. We decided, therefore, to investigate these forces in specific large-group meetings held for the purpose, comprising the total membership of our conferences. After Rice's solo consultancy with a group of just over 20 members (compared with 10 members in the study groups) he invited me to join him and to develop this area of conference work in still larger groups, as conference memberships increased. I

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