Psychoanalytic group therapists pay particular attention to early childhood experiences and the past

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Psychoanalytic group therapists pay particular attention to early childhood experiences and the past

Psychoanalytic group therapists pay particular attention to early childhood experiences and the past as crucial determinants of present behavior. Traditional analytic group therapy focuses on the historical basis of present behavior. What are your thoughts about this emphasis? How can you apply this focus when conducting a group?

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Thoughts on emphasis:

Psychoanalytical group therapy is helpful in offering explanations to the clients how their present habits and coping mechanisms stemmed from their childhood insecurities or success. However it fails to remind clients that through other means such as training and conditioning, they will still be able to replace or remove undesirable behaviors.

How to apply when conducting a group:

Have clients note a specific behavior, take turns sharing this behavior and recall the very first instance they used this behavior to gain success, and how it becomes an advantage and a disadvantage for them.

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