When a group has been mired in the hostile or helpless mode, and breaks through into work, you’ll see an almost tangible change in tone.
We’ve never seen a group that works, right from its inception. Progress toward work usually involves struggle through one or more of these modes.
When a group adopts one of these operating modes permanently, as a primary form of interaction, they end up actively resisting any responsibility for achieving individual and group goals.
We don’t need to ‘cure’ social anxiety, only to increase the individual’s level of control over his or her emotions…
Where AA influences alcoholics toward sobriety through its peer culture, the gang down at the local pub is likely to encourage them to drink through its version of a peer culture.
Not everyone attaches the same meaning to a particular term. This problem pops up a lot in counseling, treatment, and similar settings.
Building the group model around that common experience, and change-specific tasks or goals, may increase the chances for a successful outcome.
It’s as if the addict is so accustomed to just acting on impulse that he/she has lost touch with the source of the impulse — ordinarily a negative emotional state such as anxiety, anger, sadness, etc.
You’re aware that music therapy is used in mental health settings. Playing music is great, but for most of us, it’s enough just to listen and be affected.