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By Elwyn James Anthony; Siegfried Heinrich Foulkes

This vintage paintings makes an attempt to provide a complete account for the lay reader of the foundations and strategies of team psychotherapy. second edition.

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It is important to keep this type of group in mind as a prototype for any group which is to be treated for its own sake, to improve its mental health, its efficiency, cooperativeness, integration, and so on. It is important because such a group would be the object of treatment for the sake of its functioning as a group. Thus it stands in contradistinction to groups organized for group-analysis, which are, in the last resort, treated not for their own sake but for the sake of the individual members.

They have to guard and defend themselves against these in order to maintain their own integrity. In doing so they use just those means of defence, such as 'pulling themselves together', which they recommend to the neurotic sufferer. For this reason anyone like the patient who fails to maintain his control is a threat to their own precarious balance. He appears to them as a dangerous traitor who 'lets the side down'. This hostile reaction to neurotic illness is a commonly observable fact of everyday life.

All these symptoms are, at least, clearly psychological and consequently the psychiatrist will find it easier initially to approach this type of patient. Such people very much desire an opportunity to talk about their symptoms, find relief in doing so, and want the psychiatrist to reassure them that they are not going mad - that they can be helped and are going to recover. But it is very rare to meet an individual who feels that the worries which really underlie his complaint are hidden from his knowledge and probably remote from those that apparently drive him to seek help.

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