Group-Analysis is a form of Psychotherapy in small Groups and also a Method of studying Groups and the behaviour of Human Individuals in their social aspects. Apart from a number of practical advantages, it has features of specific value. It is the Method of Choice for the investigation of many problems and for the treatment of many disturbances.
Group-Analysis demands considerable experience and special qualifications from its practitioners, but its principles and knowledge gained from its experiences, can be applied in wider fields, such as Education, Industry, the Armed Forces, in fact in social life in all its manifestations.
Like myself, as a Psycho-Analyst, so this treatment has grown from the psychoanalytic approach. Psycho-Analysis, however, is and remains strictly an individual treatment, taking place between one Therapist and one single patient. Group-Analysis, therefore, is not a Psycho-Analysis in groups or en masse. Nor is it a substitute for, or a mere application of, Psycho-Analysis. The mutual relationships of these two Disciplines, their common ground as well as their fundamental differences, have been made as clear as possible.
This volume puts the Method into the centre, emphasises the special features of the "Group-Analytic Situation" and the role of the Conductor, or Leader, in creating this situation. It tries to show what the Conductor has to do in order to make all the members of his group active participants in the solution of their problems. In so doing, it is not only the Group itself which benefits, but every single Individual can best develop his own individual personality. Although the Group is the field of operation, it is the optimal degree of liberation and integration of the Individual, which is the ultimate aim of this Therapy.