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Central to the Tavistock Group Training Approach is the concept of the group behaving as a collective system whose major task is to survive. Groups come into being when individuals become aware of their common relationship and work toward a common task, either in response to external or internal needs or as a group-based conscious choice. The Tavistock approach assumes that the group becomes the focus, rather than the individuals, and places attention on the collective identity created by the group members.

The Tavistock Group Training Approach makes use of psychoanalytical concepts, especially projection, resistance, the unconscious being reflected in behavior, and an analysis of relationships in the here-and-now. The interventions generally move between conscious work mode and unconscious resistance that is observed in the group ...

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