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Destructive Forces in Group Therapy

This chapter starts from the premise that group psychotherapy is the most complex and possibly the most difficult of all forms of psychotherapy. Destructive processes may be amplified in group therapy in ways that can be very challenging to the group and the therapist. I have given the term “the anti-group” (Nitsun, 1991, 1996) to these phenomena and this paper explores group destructive processes within the framework of this concept. My aim is to legitimize the difficulties that group therapists frequently encounter and to promote a culture of realism and support that strengthens the constructive potentials of this powerful therapeutic medium.