N. 40 - Group and Rite

A small ritual and three phases of the process of elaboration in group psychoanalysis

Abstract
Using an extended clinical account, I draw attention to two questions that are important to understanding the therapeutic efficacy of the small psychoanalytic group. The first is the relationship between therapeutic efficacy and the implementation of rituals, which confirm the transition from one condition to another in life, or which allow the sharing of experiences that may otherwise remain confined to a restricted private state. The second relates to the phases through which expression, sharing and the transformation of lives and spiritual states occur. I identify three of these phases: work phases, phases of engrossed silence and phases of emotional and congratulatory exchange.

 

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