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Chapter 3: Establishing the Group

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Establishing the Group
Establishing the group

McDougall (1920), one of the earliest writers on groups and one cited by Freud, identifies five conditions for groups – conditions, that is, for raising collective mental life to a higher level:

  • That there should be some degree of continuity of existence in the group
  • That the individual (participant) should have some definite idea of the nature, composition, function and capacities of the group
  • That the group should be brought into interaction with other groups
  • That the group should possess traditions, customs and habits, including those which determine group relations
  • That the group should have a definite structure

In Chapter 2 I discussed the nature, composition and function of the group in terms of preparing for group counselling. In this chapter, ...

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