Resistance, Rebellion and Refusal in Groups: The 3 Rs

Resistance, Rebellion and Refusal in Groups: The 3 Rs

by Richard M. Billow

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The author expands and develops his ideas, first presented in Relational Group Psychotherapy: From Basic Assumptions to Passion. He constructs a theoretically sophisticated, yet experience-near approach to contemporary group therapy. Building on Bion's striking theoretical realignment, replacing the polarity unconscious-conscious with infinite-finite, the author revises traditional concepts and terms to offer a new model of relational group psychotherapy.In this book he defines the essential therapeutic task: to address the hunger for truth, an appetite stimulated by the group itself. Group members bring infinite potential into the room, but the truth that is developed and realized is bounded by the nature of their interrelationships, individual psychologies and perspectives, as well as by human limitations in processing experience to make it meaningful. How the therapist, along with group members, assess and respond to the need for truth, in the immediate clinical context, create the phenomena of resistance, rebellion, and refusal.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780429918605
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 04/24/2018
Series: The New International Library of Group Analysis
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 296
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Richard M. Billow is a diplomate in group psychotherapy, a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst, and an active contributor to the psychoanalytic and group literature. He is Clinical Professor and Director of the Group Program of the Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, Adelphi University, New York, with a private practice in Great Neck, New York.

Table of Contents

Foreword Resistance, Rebellion and Refusal in Groups ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Prologue Making a "hat" xvii

Part I Truth and Falsity in Group 1

Chapter 1 The group never leaves the room: The radical nature of combined psychotherapy 3

Chapter 2 Truth, significance, and the role of falsity 29

Chapter 3 The two faces of the group therapist 53

Part II Resistance, Rebellion and Refusal 69

Chapter 4 Introducing the 3 Rs of relational group psychotherapy 71

Chapter 5 Resistance 91

Chapter 6 Rebellion 119

Chapter 7 Refusal 149

Part III Modes of Therapeutic Interaction 175

Chapter 8 The four modes of therapeutic interaction 177

Epilogue Putting it together 231

Appendix I Basic concepts: Relational group psychotherapy 233

Appendix II Basic concepts: Resistance, rebellion and refusal 241

Appendix III Basic concepts: Diplomacy, integrity, sincerity, and authenticity 245

References 249

Index 261

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