Group Analysis in the Land of Milk and Honey

Paper: 978 1 78220 356 8 / $40.95
Published: May 2017  

Publisher: Karnac Books
336 pp., 6" x 9"
Series: New International Library of Group Analysis
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 co-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.

Table of Contents:
About the Editors and Contributors
Series Editor’s Foreword
Introduction by Robi Friedman and Yael Doron

Part I: Theory
1) The “ethical envelope” of the analytic group: some thoughts about democratic values implicit in group analysis—Miriam Berger
2) What is the “group entity” in group analysis?—Avi Berman
3) Leader, society, sacrifice —Hanni Biran
4) Beyond Oedipus in group analysis: the sacrifice of boys in the social unconscious of the Israeli people—Joshua Lavie
5) The group analysis of the Akeda: the worst and the best feelings in the matrix—Robi Friedman
6) The black hole in the social unconscious: a collective defence against shared fears of annihilation—Yael Doron
7) The immune system and group analysis: communication between “self” and “non-self”—Nurit Goren
8) The group “not-me”—Ilana Laor

Part II: Practice
9) On arrivals and departures in slow-open group analytic groups—Marit Joffe Milstein
10) The group, the boundaries, and between—Hagit Zohn
11) Combined therapy as a clinical tool: special focus on difficult patients—Pnina Rappoport
12) “Is there hope for change at my age?”—Bracha Hadar
13) “I still want to be relevant”: on placing an older person in an analytic therapy group with younger people—Eric Moss
14) The patient, the group, and the conductor coping with subtle aggression in an analytic group—Rachel A. Chejanovsky
15) Foreigner in your motherland, foreigner in your chosen homeland: Jewish cultural identity—Suzi Shoshani

Part III: Applications of Group Analysis
16) Group analysis goes to academia: therapeutic approach and professional identity in graduate studies of psychology—Shulamit Geller and Eran Shadach
17) Working with a multi-cultural group in times of war: three metaphors of motion and mobility—Ravit Raufman and Haim Weinberg
18) Co-constructing a common language: aspects of group supervision for the multi-disciplinary staff of a psychiatric ward—Ido Peleg
19) Analytic group for the children of the Holocaust and the second generation: a construction of belonging to the injured self through mutual recognition processes—Enav Karniel Lauer
20) The personal, group, and social aspects of dreaming—Gila Ofer

Appendix. The co-creation of the Israeli Institute of Group Analysis: notes from the archives—Avi Berman, Miriam Berger, and Joshua Lavie

Reviews & 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)