Fostering therapeutic norms and a culture of enquiry

The therapist encourages the sharing of experience and helps to balance participation, recognition, and translation. The thrust of a group's life is towards greater shared involvement and the expression of emotions. The expression of feeling may arise in the recounting of members' life situations and their reasons for therapy—narrative emotion—or it may arise in the interpersonal encounters engendered by the telling—in the drama of here and now. Therapy becomes effective when the problems that brought the patient into treatment become recognizable in their interpersonal encounters. At this point the affect lodged in the narrative will interact with the drama of the group's current emotions, creating opportunities for corrective emotional experience. Transformational principles have a group context where, instead of being deployed by one therapist in relation to one patient's monologue (as in classical psychoanalytic practice), they become the property of the group as a whole. As the group undergoes a progression in its development from constructive to deconstructive and ultimately to reconstructive experience, it will encompass gesture, behaviour, body language, and other non-verbal communication, and actions that convey feelings when emotions have no words. (! ,,!539)

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