Self Experiences in Group, Revisited

Affective Attachments, Intersubjective Regulations, and Human Understanding

Edited by Irene Harwood, Walter Stone, Malcolm Pines

© 2012 – Routledge

262 pages

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About the Book

Since the publication of Self Experiences in Group in 1998—the first book to apply self psychology and intersubjectivity to group work—there have been tremendous advancements in the areas of affect, attachment, infant research, intersubjective regulation, motivational theory, neurobiology, philosophy, somatic understanding, and trauma.

Carefully edited by Irene Harwood, Walter Stone, and Malcolm Pines, Self Experiences in Group, Revisited is a completely revised and updated application of self-psychological and intersubjective perspectives to couples, family, and group work, incorporating many of these recent findings and theories of the past decade. Divided into five sections, the contributors take an updated approach to the prenate and neonate in group; couples and the family in group; group theory, technique, and application; working with trauma; and group processes and artistic applications.

Throughout, the reader is engaged in affectively understanding what is experienced by individuals in the regulation and dysregulation of self as part of the interpersonal relating, learning, and change that can occur in groups.

Contributors: Mary Dluhy, Barbara Feld, Darryl Feldman, Vivian Gold, Irene Harwood, Gloria Batkin Kahn, Joseph Lichtenberg, Louisa Livingston, Marty Livingston, Jane van Loon, Judy McLaughlin-Ryan, Malcolm Pines, John Schlapobersky, Robert Schulte, Rosemary Segalla, Emanuel Shapiro, Walter Stone, Paula Thomson


"This timely revision of Self Experiences in Group, solidly grounded in cutting edge interpersonal neurobiology, trauma theory, and a relational therapeutic perspective, creatively breaks new ground in depicting the unique clinical contributions of updated models of group psychotherapy." -Allan N. Schore, author, The Science of the Art of Psychotherapy

"This text is a thoughtful elaboration of group therapeutic approaches, shaped by the contemporary understanding of the development of the self, empathic attunement, intersubjectivity, and trauma and attachment. It is an artful synthesis of the knowledge of new research and the timeless wisdom of leading authorities in the field, woven together by the editors into a clear and distinctive voice." - Molyn Leszcz, M.D., Psychiatrist-in-Chief, Mount Sinai Hospital

Table of Contents

Lichtenberg, Foreword. Harwood, Preface. Schlapobersky, Introduction. Part I: The Prenate and Neonate in Group. Thomson, Shared Experiences: The Prenatal Relational Model and Group Process. Harwood, Preventing Insecure Attachment: Integrating Infant Observation Studies, Attachment, Trauma, and Neurobiology in Clinical Interventions. Part II: Couples and Family in Group. Livingston, Sustained Empathic Focus, Intersubjectivity, and Intimacy in the Treatment of Couples. Kahn, Feldman, Relationship-focused Group Therapy to Improve Neuropsychological Regulation in Couples and Individuals. Feld, Working Intersubjectively with the Adult Family as a Group. Part III: Group Theory, Technique, and Application. Stone, The Curative Fantasy as a Protective Function in Group Psychotherapy. Livingston & Livingston, Sustained Empathic Focus and the Clinical Application of Self-psychological Theory in Group Psychotherapy. Segalla, The Therapeutic Work of the Group: Finding the Self through Finding the Other. Part IV: Working with Trauma. Shapiro, A Psychology of the Self Perspective on Working with Trauma in Group Psychotherapy. McLaughlin-Ryan, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Addictive Disorders: The Effects of Group Interactions on Affect/State/Intimacy and Isolation. Part V: Group Process and Artistic Applications. Thomson, Movement and Mindedness: Dance as a Group Process. Dluhy & Schulte, A Playful Approach to Group Therapy Education.

About the Editors

Irene Harwood, MSW, PhD, is faculty and member of the New Center for Psychoanalysis and Assistant Clinical Professor in the UCLA Department of Psychiatry. She is also the past Director of Prevention of Insecure Disorganized Attachment at St. Joseph's Center and past President of the Group Psychotherapy Association of Southern California.

Walter Stone, MD, is Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at the University of Cincinnati, with an enduring interest in the application of self psychology to group psychotherapy and treatment of persons with persistent mental illness. He is the author or co-author of numerous articles and five books.

Malcolm Pines, FRCPsych, DPM, is past President of the International Association for Group Psychotherapy and former consultant to the Tavistock Clinic and Maudsley Hospital. The former Editor of Group Analysis, he is the author of Circular Reflections (Jessica Kingsley, 1998).

About the Series

Psychoanalytic Inquiry Book Series

Like its counterpart, Psychoanalytic Inquiry: A Topical Journal for Mental Health Professionals, the Psychoanalytic Inquiry Book Series presents a diversity of subjects within a diversity of approaches to those subjects. Under the editorship of Joseph Lichtenberg, in collaboration with Melvin Bornstein and the editorial board of Psychoanalytic Inquiry, the volumes in this series strike a balance between research, theory, and clinical application. We are honored to have published the works of various innovators in psychoanalysis, such as Lachmann, Fosshage, Stolorow, Orange, Sander, Wurmser, Grotstein, Jones, Brothers, Busch, and Lichtenberg, among others. 

The series includes books and monographs on mainline psychoanalytic topics, such as sexuality, narcissism, trauma, homosexuality, jealousy, envy, and varied aspects of analytic process and technique.  In our efforts to broaden the field of analytic interest, the series has incorporated and embraced innovative discoveries in infant research, self psychology, intersubjectivity, motivational systems, affects as process, responses to cancer, borderline states, contextualism, postmodernism, attachment research and theory, medication, and mentalization. As further investigations in psychoanalysis come to fruition, we seek to present them in readable, easily comprehensible writing.

After 25 years, the core vision of this series remains the investigation, analysis and discussion of developments on the cutting edge of the psychoanalytic field, inspired by a boundless spirit of inquiry.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Movements / Psychoanalysis
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / Group