Revised Table of Contents for ’99 Unconventional Interventions in Group Psychotherapy

5/31/2017 Table of Contents 99 Unconventional Interventions in Group Psychotherapy Preface Introduction Part I: The Nitty-Gritty of Doing Group Psychotherapy 1. Phrases that Inhibit Spontaneous Interaction 2. Leading a Group Should Be Gratifying Part II: Some People Don’t Want...
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Never Tell A Bulimic-“Don’t Binge!”

Chapter 133 Never Tell a Bulimic, “Don’t Binge!” Food, like sex, is one of the pleasures of life. But, just as with sex, if taken to an extreme the pleasure of food morphs into a compulsion. That is why eating disorders are one of the most difficult disorders to treat. Obviously,...
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Chapter 101 The Final Chapter

Chapter 101 The Final Chapter Woody Allen famously said, “I’m not afraid of death. I just don’t want to be there when it happens.” Have you ever walked into a room and have forgotten why you walked in there in the first place, only to fear—is this it? The beginning of the end of...
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The Ego And The Yid

                                                    Chapter 65  The Ego and the Yid   An accountant by profession, one of my male group members, Manny, fancied himself to be a rabbi. Manny used the group as his bully pulpit; he gratified his oral needs by holding forth on...
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Chapter 12 Go Away but Don’t Leave Me Alone

Chapter 12 Go Away but Don’t Leave Me Alone   Consistency is not really a human trait. Our attitude toward relationships is no exception. On the one hand, as the line of the song goes, “People who need people are the luckiest people in the world.” On the other hand, as the...
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The Emotional Inheritance

Chapter 213: The Emotional Inheritance The long buried but long simmering resentment between siblings often rears its ugly head again when the parents die and the will is contested. I call this phenomenon the emotional inheritance. Many members devote much of their time and...
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You Can’t Recapture A Moment

Many times, in both my personal and professional lives, I seen people, myself included, attempt to recapture a past precious moment.  For better or worse, it doesn’t work. In fact, the harder one tries to recapture it, the more elusive it becomes. Let it go an...
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Table of Contents ’99 Unconventional Interventions

Here is an updated version of the Table of Contents for my new book. Please have a look and let me know if any of the chapter titles are intriguing to you. Table of Contents 99 Unconventional Interventions in Group Psychotherapy   Preface Introduction   Part I:...
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Chapter 189 Sex in the City: “Can you that top?”

Chapter 189: Sex In The City: “Can you top that?”             Jack came to group after a panic attack. He looked visibly shaken. Kelly asked him: “What’s wrong? You look like you just lost your best friend?” Jack replied: “I did just lose my best friend. Helen left me for another...
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‘Gaslighting’

The recent interest in ‘gaslighting’ has motivated me to post a section on that topic from my book: Emotional Incest in Group Psychotherapy–A Conspiracy of Silence published by Rowman & Littlefield in 2014.  While the focus of this section is gaslighting as...
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Chapter 74: “When Will I Be Ready To Leave Group? Hello, I Must Be Going”

Chapter 74: When Will I Be Ready To Leave Group Therapy?   “Hello I must be going.” There’s a law in physics that states: ‘for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction’.  That law could just as easily apply to the process of group therapy.  Emotional growth is not...
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Chapter 142: If Looks Could Kill

Chapter 142: If Looks Could Kill– “Hello, I’m Dr. Pepper and just like my counterpart here…. I’m so misunderstood”. Strutting into the classroom for the first time, I knew that I was dead meat. This was the first graduate school class that I taught and I wanted to make a...
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The Fish Stinks From The Head Down

When President Trump plays fast and loose with the facts, is it small wonder that his nominees are accused of lying under oath? Trump has referred to his administration as ‘a well oiled machine’: I think a more apt metaphor would be: ‘The fish stinks from the...
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Chapter 230: A Cyber Stalker In Group

Chapter 230:  A Cyber Stalker In Group Therapy Despite my group therapy rule about confidentiality: “Members are  known to each other on a first name basis only and nothing leaves the room”—some group members don’t abide by it, some don’t abide by it gleefully. Nick was such an...
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To Have Someone Is To Lose Someone

                   Chapter 79: “To Have Someone Is To Lose Someone” In order to cope with day to day living, we all deny the inevitable. The fact that most of us outlive our parents, some even dying of old age, does not lessen the pain of the loss.  For however long...
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The Addict In Group

Chapter 147: The Addict in Group  We humans are dependent creatures. We are born dependent and need each other throughout our lives; but when our relationships don’t meet our three basic dependency needs—-: 1.To be loved 2. To be accepted 3. To be understood— we...
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I’m A Professional Voyeur

Chapter 61: I’m a Professional Voyeur I get paid to be a yenta. As a group therapist, my job is to stick my nose in other people’s business– that includes their sex lives.    Some of my colleagues don’t see it that way. They think that I’m too intrusive.  Some of the...
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Humpty-Trumpty Sat On A Wall………

Humpty-Trumpty had a great fall All of his toadies and all of his yes-men Couldn’t put Trumpty back together again. To paraphrase George Santayana: “Those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it”.   History has taught us that presidents, like Lyndon...
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” I Think Your Values Stink”

Chapter 205: “ I Think Your Values Stink” Milton, a very rich real estate developer, was full of himself. He treated people, himself included, as objects. When he told the group he wanted help deciding what kind of  car to buy– a Ferrari or a Lamborghini, I almost laughed...
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Are You Happy With Your Weight?

Chapter 133: Are You Happy With Your Weight?   Eating disorders are one of the most difficult disorders to treat. Obviously, we can live without drugs and alcohol but not food. One of my first questions at a screening interview with overweight prospective group members is: “Are...
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