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THE ANTI-GROUP. Destructive Forces in the Group and their Creative Potential Morris Nitsun Consultant clinical psychologist, Camden and Islington NHS FoundationTrust: training group analyst (IGA London). THE SHADOW OF THE GROUP disruptive and destructive forces. Morris Nitsun

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the anti group

THE ANTI-GROUP

Destructive Forces in the Group and their Creative Potential

Morris Nitsun

Consultant clinical psychologist, Camden and Islington NHS FoundationTrust: training group analyst (IGA London)

the shadow of the group disruptive and destructive forces
THE SHADOW OF THE GROUPdisruptive and destructive forces

Morris Nitsun

Consultant clinical psychologist, Group analyst, Private practitioner, the Fitzrovia Group Analytic Practice

iga supervision course
IGA SUPERVISION COURSE

CREATIVE AND DESTRUCTIVE PROCESSES IN THE GROUP

Morris Nitsun

Consultant psychologist Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust, training group analyst (IGA London)

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“Strangely enough, the acknowledgement of the

forces of destruction and their agencies helps us

and makes us therapeutically far more powerful”

Foulkes 1964

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FOULKES BION

Optimistic vision of the group Pessimistic vision of the group

Individual is isolated but with Individual is deeply ambivalent

potential for group membership about group membership

Group as a reparative, Group as a regressive experience

restorative exercise

Committed himself to Withdrew from group work

group work

the anti group1
THE ANTI-GROUP

Describes the negative, disruptive aspects of the group that can undermine the therapeutic task.

A critical principle

An explanatory paradigm

A descriptive construct

the anti group definition
THE ANTI-GROUPDefinition
  • A process not a fixed entity
  • Latent and manifest forms
  • Occurs at different levels – individual, sub-group and group as a whole
  • Reflects adverse group relationships in patients’ histories
  • Recognition of Anti-group is necessary in order to –

- contain negativism and potential destructiveness

- understand current and past origins of Anti-group

- open the way for constructive group relationships

  • Reflected in the wider social sphere
the commitments
THE COMMITMENTS

Underlying tensions in the group

  • Leadership
  • Rivalry
  • Envy
  • Sexual secrets
  • Individual vs. group orientation
determinants of the anti group
DETERMINANTS OF THE ANTI-GROUP
  • Annihilation anxiety
  • Psychological trauma
  • Narcissistic injury
  • Destructive envy and rivalry
  • Failures of communication
determinants of the anti group continued
DETERMINANTS OF THE ANTI-GROUP (continued)
  • Frustration of the one-to-one relationship
  • The alienation of desire
  • Attacks on linking
  • Projective identification
the transformational process nippets and imps
THE TRANSFORMATIONAL PROCESS (“Nippets and Imps”)
  • Attacks on the group
  • Loss and crisis
  • New members
  • Sense of survival
  • Trust in the group
  • Play / “creative destruction”
dealing with the anti group
Dealing with the Anti-group
  • A working hypothesis
  • Counter-transference reflection
  • The connecting function
  • Mentalizing the process