chapter  5
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The core therapeutic group process is interaction between members, and action methods enhance interaction. The organizing principle behind interactive techniques is sociometry. Sociometry is the measure of the strength of attraction or repulsion between people based on different criteria. It appears that connecting with other people is an inherent impulse. We are drawn to relate to each other. However, the manner in which our connectedness has evolved and the history of our relationships with other people can make connections threatening and dangerous as well as delightful and desirable. The goal of group psychotherapy is to make connections safer and the motivation behind interactions understood.