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SECTION III

On her way to Oz, Dorothy meets the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion, and the Scarecrow, all of whom feel they are missing an aspect of themselves. One can view their adventure as a journey to reincorporate disowned aspects of the selfin a group! Group therapy is a place where patients try to reintegrate parts of themselves. This process of accepting intolerable aspects of oneself can be painful, however, so patients often defend themselves by projecting those aspects of themselves on other members or the leader. If the other member or leader accepts the projection, he or she may feel or behave in a way that feels like a “not me” experience. This process of projective identification is one of the most complex in group psychotherapy.