, Volume 27, Issue 4, pp 203–219 | Cite as

The Space Between in Group Psychotherapy: Application of a Multidimensional Model of Relationship

  • Ruthellen Josselson


An 8-dimensional model of interpersonal relatedness, derived from existing theories of relationship as well as a phenomenological study, is applied to understanding the “space between” people in group therapy. Relational development is conceptualized as parallel streams of growth along separate dimensions, which may involve stronger relational capacities on some dimensions and weaker and more problematic behavior on others. This model is used to reflect on the group therapy situation in terms of how people are trying to connect with one another. Examples are offered and suggestions made for how the group therapist might be alert to the manifestations of each dimension. The goal is for both patients and therapist to have an enlarged view of what people need from one another and how to go about receiving it.

interpersonal relationships attachment embeddedness validation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ruthellen Josselson
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  1. 1.The Fielding Graduate Institute and the Hebrew University of JerusalemIsrael

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