The Significance of Teasing in Group Psychotherapy
Teasing is a piece of behaviour which occurs universally, yet its significance in therapy groups, both as an instrument of therapeutic change and as a potential hazard, is generally underestimated. A two-person model of teasing provides a clear starting point for an examination of what is ultimately a complex, interpersonal and group-determined behaviour. A group concept of teasing includes its cultural and societal aspects, exemplified by the way in which different communities incorporate it in their child rearing practices in order to mould desired character traits, such as warrior-like ferocity or extreme docility and submissiveness. Psychoanalytic viewpoints of teasing as a two-person relationship are given by Brenman (1952) and Sperling (1953) who also examines its cultural and anthropological implications. In this paper I will attempt to link the two-person model of teasing and some of the anthropological observations with its occurrence in small group therapy, and in so doing present a formulation of the function of teasing in the group as a whole.
KeywordsAdolescent Group Societal Aspect Aggressive Impulse Adolescent Therapy Group Sonal Interaction
Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.
- Bateson, G.: Bali: The value system of a steady state. In: Steps to an Ecology of Mind. Paladin 1973.Google Scholar
- Brenman, M.: On teasing and being teased: and the problem of “moral masochism”. Psychoanl. study of the child. 1952, 7, 264–285.Google Scholar
- Erikson, E.H.: Childhood and Society. Penguin Books Ltd. 1965.Google Scholar
- Loudon, J.B.: Teasing and socialization on Tristan da Cunha. In: Socialization: the approach from Social Anthropology. Ed. Mayer P. ASA monographs 8 (Tavistock publications 1970)Google Scholar
- Pines, M. Group Therapy with ‘difficult’ patients. In: Group Therapy 1975: An Overview. Ed. Wolberg L.R. and Aronson M.L.Google Scholar