Group Analysis in the Land of Milk and Honey

Editor : Robi Friedman, Editor : Yael Doron

Group Analysis in the Land of Milk and Honey

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  • Publisher : Karnac Books
  • Published : May 2017
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 344
  • Category :
    Group Psychotherapy
  • Catalogue No : 37512
  • ISBN 13 : 9781782203568
  • ISBN 10 : 1782203567
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Group Analysis in the Land of Milk and Honey is a collection of beautifully written clinical essays by group analysts in Israel - a society which suffers from chronic war and violence. Israeli group conductors share their experience and their special skills concerning the reflection of terror and existential anxiety in their group-analytic therapy groups.

The topics range from the influence of society on the individual, the nature of the "group", combined individual and group therapy, groups with mentally ill and elderly patients, and coping with aggressive patients and the self-destructive processes that are ubiquitous in a society threatened with extinction. These group analysts discuss breaking of boundaries, "democracy in action", leadership, paternalism and fanatic identifications. The special place of Shoah survivors and of Arab and Jewish conflict make this book unique. The book conveys both the trauma and the creativity of Israeli society.

The editors, Dr Robi Friedman and Yael Doron, represent different generations within the IIGA – the Israeli Institute of Group Analysis. They have edited a mesmerizing testimony to a vibrant society whose citizens are often in pain.

Reviews and Endorsements

‘Within a few short years of the founding of the Israeli Institute of Group Analysis (IIGA), its members have taken leading roles in the profession of group analysis. We have all benefited from their efforts, as will the many readers of this book.’
––Earl Hopper, editor of the New International Library of Group Analysis Series

‘This is a marvellous book. From its very inception, the IIGA has been forged in the struggle to coexist with hostile neighbours, and to maintain the civilising process.’
—Malcolm Pines, founder member of the Institute of Group Analysis (IGA)

‘In addition to in-depth information about many theoretical and therapeutic topics, this book sheds a light on the history of Israel and its current issues, and is a very important contribution to group analysis.’
—Vamik D. Volkan, Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry

‘The tears, triumphs and extraordinary resilience of Israeli society are represented in the work of the IIGA and deserve the highest regard.’
— John Schlapobersky, training analyst, supervisor and teacher at the IGA, London

‘This wonderful volume captures the vibrant creativity, multiplicity and clinical acumen of the IIGA. Locating group analysis in the socio-political-historical context of Israel, it will enrich group analysis and psychoanalysis.’
— Robert Grossmark, supervisor at the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis

‘This is a cogent and creative extension of group analysis according to Foulkes, in which relatedness exists within an all-embracing group matrix.’
— Dieter Nitzgen, training group analyst at the IGA, Heidelberg, and editor of Group Analysis

About the Editor(s)

Robi Friedman, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and group analyst, and co-founder and former Chair of the Israeli Institute of Group Analysis. He is also President of the Group Analytic Society International and a former Chair of the Israeli Association for Group Psychotherapy. He currently teaches at Haifa University and at the Israeli Institute of Group Analysis.

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Yael Doron, MA, is a rehabilitation psychologist and group analyst. She is a staff member and teacher at the Israeli Institute of Group Analysis, a teacher and supervisor at Haifa University, and a teacher and supervisor at the Central School for Social Workers, Tel Aviv.

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