Resistance, Rebellion and Refusal in Group: The 3 R's

Resistance, Rebellion and Refusal in Group: The 3 R's

by Richard M. Billow
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Karnac Books


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Resistance, Rebellion and Refusal in Group: The 3 R's

Richard M. Billow expands and develops his ideas, first presented in Relational Group Psychotherapy: From Basic Assumptions to Passion. He constructs a theoretically sophisticated, yet experience-near approach to contemporary group therapy. Building on Bion's striking theoretical realignment, replacing the polarity unconscious-conscious with infinite-finite, Billow revises traditional concepts and terms to offer a new model of relational group psychotherapy.

In this book he defines the essential therapeutic task: to address the hunger for truth, an appetite stimulated by the group itself. Group members bring infinite potential into the room, but the truth that is developed and realized is bounded by the nature of their interrelationships, individual psychologies and perspectives, as well as by human limitations in processing experience to make it meaningful. How the therapist, along with group members, assess and respond to the need for truth, in the immediate clinical context, creates the phenomena of resistance, rebellion, and refusal.

The group therapist remains central in the action: evaluating and responding to the truth needs of the various individuals and the group itself and detecting and minimizing the impact of falsity. Using lively clinical anecdotes, Billow demonstrates how the group therapist deals with the dynamic forces of the 3 Rs, operating in four relational modes: diplomacy, integrity, sincerity, and authenticity. This volume is essential reading for individual and group psychoanalysts and psychotherapists, academics, and students of psychoanalytic theory.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781855758551
Publisher: Karnac Books
Publication date: 07/28/2010
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Richard M. Billow is a diplomate in group psychotherapy, a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst, and an active contributor to the psychoanalytic and group literature. He is Clinical Professor and Director of the Group Program of the Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, Adelphi University, New York, with a private practice in Great Neck, New York.

Table of Contents

Foreword Resistance, Rebellion and Refusal in Groups ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Prologue Making a "hat" xvii

Part I Truth and Falsity in Group 1

Chapter 1 The group never leaves the room: The radical nature of combined psychotherapy 3

Chapter 2 Truth, significance, and the role of falsity 29

Chapter 3 The two faces of the group therapist 53

Part II Resistance, Rebellion and Refusal 69

Chapter 4 Introducing the 3 Rs of relational group psychotherapy 71

Chapter 5 Resistance 91

Chapter 6 Rebellion 119

Chapter 7 Refusal 149

Part III Modes of Therapeutic Interaction 175

Chapter 8 The four modes of therapeutic interaction 177

Epilogue Putting it together 231

Appendix I Basic concepts: Relational group psychotherapy 233

Appendix II Basic concepts: Resistance, rebellion and refusal 241

Appendix III Basic concepts: Diplomacy, integrity, sincerity, and authenticity 245

References 249

Index 261

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