chapter  75
Diminishing Dissociative Experiences for War Veterans in Group Therapy
ByVIVIEN HENDERSON
Pages 4

For many individuals, group therapy provides special skills to deal with problems in social situations. Among the difficulties experienced by clients is the inability to ask for acknowledgment of their personal rights and needs. The foundation of this problem may be a resistance to express both positive and negative feelings, a lack of confidence to be direct, and a judgment that their requests are unreasonable and unacceptable to others. Alberti and Emmons suggest that 'Assertive behavior promotes equality in human relationships, enabling us to act in our own interests, and to stand up for ourselves without undue anxiety, to express honest feelings comfortably and to exercise personal rights without denying the rights of others'. The group experience provides for clients a forum for which they can reflect upon others' responses to their words and actions.