There are multiple meanings to the term 'group-as-a-whole' and all have a contribution. This book emphasizes that the therapist ideally listens with the fourth ear, not only attending to the latent communication of each individual, but also listening for the shared theme of the whole group. Ferreting out the underlying theme that the entire group is dealing with, the common group tension, provides a valuable opportunity for each individual to change the underlying issues that impair his or her relationships. In addition, the author provides a wide ranging coverage of theoretical, clinical, and training issues. These include a clarification of the confusing, but all-important conception of projective identification as well as a contribution to the understanding of the similarities and differences between group and individual psychotherapy. He presents a special perspective on why groups are particularly indicated in dealing with narcissistic pathology and also explores the effect of the therapist's narcissism on his patients. Finally, he emphasizes that therapists' participation as members of experiential groups is an essential part of their training.

part I|64 pages


chapter One|11 pages

The American and British perspectives

chapter Two|14 pages

Varieties of group centered models

chapter Three|16 pages

Critiques of group centered theories

part II|70 pages


chapter Six|16 pages

An inductive group centered approach

chapter Seven|19 pages

Projective identification in groups

chapter Eight|16 pages

Depth of transference in psychotherapy groups

part III|115 pages


chapter Eleven|21 pages

Group psychotherapy of the borderline patient

chapter Twelve|18 pages

Group psychotherapy with narcissistic patients

chapter Thirteen|14 pages

The treatment of a narcissistic patient

chapter Fourteen|13 pages

The self in groups

chapter Fifteen|17 pages

Narcissistic leadership in groups

part IV|65 pages