A Systematic Approach to Group Facilitation Part I: Understanding Adaptive Behaviors The Source of Critical Incidents. Critical Incidents in group therapy. The key to working with groups is being able to anticipate and use “critical incidents” whenever they arise.
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Critical incidents occur, in part, when a group member is engaged in “adaptive behavior” to the extent that it causes a disruption in the groupDefinition: Adaptive Behavior isanything a person does repeatedly in relationships that stands in the way of becoming close or intimate with others
The Origins of Reactive Adaptive BehaviorTrauma or loss (“Y”)gives rise toBelief: I caused “Y” by doing “X”This gives rise toFormula: If I don’t do “X” then “Y” won’t happen againorIf I do the opposite of “X” then “Y” won’t happen againThis gives rise toAdaptive behavior that protects the person from real or imagined rejection or hurt
Before long, the child loses touch with this repressed self.
The public self continues to perform in order to “be good” and gain acceptance.
The shadow remains unknown, and expresses itself in dreams in through projections onto others, who are different.
The Group leader’s role: to become aware of, and to confront adaptive behavior in such a way that the person is not mistreated or made to feel ashamed, and the group grows closer as a result...a tall order!
Remember!One person’s adaptive behavior is another person’s breakthrough. We all are different, and we have different requirements for balancing our lives.