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Group cohesiveness is the bond between members that holds a therapy group together during all of the group stages. It can also be described as camaraderie, esprit de corps, or a sense among members of fitting together like pieces of a puzzle. This bond is formed through the attractiveness of the group to each of its members. It is the emotional glue that connects one member to every other member and to the group facilitators. Group cohesiveness is analogous in importance to the therapeutic relationship in individual therapy but is functionally more complex. In individual therapy, the only relationship bond in the room is between the patient and the therapist; whereas in group therapy, the bond must build between members, between each member and each ...

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